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(...)

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: is to bring a memo to Cabinet today proposing that a referendum be held on the issue. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government is set to agree to hold a referendum on removing the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution, following recommendations of the const(...)

Elaine Keogh Louth Fianna Fail deputy and former Ceann Comhairle Seamus Kirk will not contest the next general election. His decision, which was made(...)

Minister for Communications Alex  White says he will implement the €550m plan outlined by Mr Rabbitte earlier this year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Communications Alex White has identified increasing fast broadband to rural Ireland as his first and immediate priority in his new offic(...)

Steve Collins,  father of murdered Limerick man Roy Collins, has said the “10-year nightmare” experienced by his family is now over following the conviction of Wayne Dundon (36) and Nathan Killeen (24) for the murder. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The father of murdered Limerick man Roy Collins has said the “10-year nightmare”experienced by his family is now over. Speaking outside the Criminal C(...)

Sgt Maurice McCabe: Very few people emerge with credit from the report. One who does, however, is McCabe himself, whom the report points out was described by his superiors as committed, energetic, hard-working and trustworthy.

In late January 2008 a meeting took place between Maurice McCabe, a Garda sergeant then based at Bailieboro, Co Cavan, and his superintendent. Over th(...)

Atypical tiger: Alan Shatter in 2011. Photograph: David Sleator

In February 1979, when he was minister for health, Charlie Haughey rose in the Dáil and proclaimed that he had found “an Irish solution to an Irish pr(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik, director of Burren Law School, with Dr Fatima Hamroush, former minister for health, Libya, Prof Richard Susskind, legal author and philosopher, and Kenneth Nichols, historian and author, during a break in lectures at the Burren Law School 2014, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, at the weekend. Photograph: Eamon Ward

The State is “turning a blind eye” to the use of Shannon airport by the United States for rendition purposes, raising the question as to whether Irela(...)

 Michael McDowell: “I am not aware of any plans to record all telephone calls to Garda stations”

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell said during his tenure in office he was “not aware of any plans to (...)

Beter efforts could and should have been made to secure productive engagement of whistleblowers, says Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Full text of statement by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter on whistleblower controversy, given in the Dáil on Thursday, 26th March .(...)