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(...)

Garda Chief Superintendent Paul Smyth and his brother, businessman Philip Smyth, who claims he risked his life meeting Dublin gangster Martin Cahill (pictured) to help gardaí recover stolen paintings, are entitled to proceed with their action for damages against the Garda Commissioner and State, the High Court has ruled.

Garda Chief Superintendent Paul Smyth and his brother, businessman Philip Smyth, who claims he risked his life meeting Dublin gangster Martin Cahill t(...)

“One has to wonder whether Garda accountability is in crisis.” Gardaí at a passing out parade at the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The public disclosure that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) had concerns that surveillance had been conducted on its office has p(...)

Stock picking: the rational for diversifying stock allocations is well understood as firms change shape, industries die off and new ones emerge. photograph: andrew burton/getty images

Diversifying in stock markets is a time-honoured rule for survival and the following example makes for a simple but quite powerful message. I introduc(...)

Professor Dermot Walsh Professor of Law, University of Limerick

Ireland’s leading legal authority on policing has contended the Minister for Justice and the(...)