Gardaí graduate from the Garda College, Templemore, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

There is a depressing familiarity to the current policing scandals. It feels as if barely a week goes by that there is not some other twist or turn in(...)

Conor Brady: his judgment on the force    now is implicit in his decision not to seek reappointment to GSOC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The contrast between “the great pomp and ceremony” that attended the birth of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and the immovable obstacles late(...)

Dr Maurice Hayes called for “the transfer of substantial powers and responsibilities to a reinvigorated local government”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s political difficulties are compounded by a “lack of engagement” by the electorate and especially by the young, the MacGill Summer School ha(...)

Former Irish Times columnist Diarmaid Ó Muirithe died suddenly aged 78 in Vienna yesterday. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Former lexicographer and Irish Times columnist Diarmaid Ó Muirithe died suddenly in Vienna yesterday. He was 78 His “Words We Use” column ran i(...)

The Government has recently agreed to establish an independent Garda authority, which would take on oversight of the force. photograph: eric luke

The Department of Justice is “utterly isolated” from Garda Headquarters. It rarely seeks specific information from senior gardaí, but when it does ask(...)

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter: an overarching argument brought into sharp focus in the public spats between the GSOC and the whistleblowers on one side and Mr Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan on the other. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

In the late 1990s, when a modest reform of the Garda Complaints Board was being mooted, then minister for justice John O’Donoghue took seriousl(...)

The political storm raging around Minister for Justice Alan Shatter for almost two weeks has widened over the past few days to entangle Taoisea(...)

Sinn Féin TD and chair of the Public Service Oversight Committee   Pádraig Mac Lochlainn  who has been criticised for calling for an independent inquiry into the ‘bugging row’.

The chairman of the Public Service Oversight Committee has been drawn into a row over conflict of interest on the Garda ombudsman ‘bugging’ con(...)

The most disturbing aspect of what happened after the Sunday Times claimed that the offices(...)

Conor Brady: “My suspicion is the establishment doesn’t actually want it any more. It might be better to just face up to it honestly and just wrap it up.”

The Government should take an honest approach and close down the Garda Síochána Ombud(...)