The Garda Ombudsman office at Abbey Street Upper in Dublin. ... the investigation into its alleged bugging was carried out by a private British firm.  Time to develop our own capacity?  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Angela Merkel’s old mobile phone is an icon of our time. A Nokia 6210 Slide – it was accessed and monitored by the US spy agency the National Security(...)

Police Service of Northern Ireland’s (PSNI) new chief constable in-waiting George Hamilton, with policing board chair Anne Connolly, during his first press conference since his appointment. Photograph: PA

PSNI chief constable designate George Hamilton has been warned that the “fun’s over now” ahead of him taking on his responsibilities. At the end of an(...)

George Hamilton also served as assistant chief constable in the crime division in Strathclyde in Scotland from 2009 to 2011. Photograph: PA

The next PSNI chief constable will be George Hamilton who currently is an assistant chief constable with the force, the North’s Policing Board has ann(...)

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott, who retires in the autumn. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Senior police officers from Belfast, Dublin and London will today compete to become Northern Ireland’s next chief constable.Metropolitan Police Assist(...)