Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny chats to President Michael D Higgins at the Easter Sunday commemoration ceremony and parade from O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

The Easter Sunday centenary commemoration at the GPO was told the “short lives and big dreams” of the men, women and children of 1916 “extended the ho(...)

 Stephen Doyle, working to help ex-convicts go straight, at their centre in Aungier Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last December, figures were published showing that almost half of all released prisoners reoffended within three years. The inevitable demands for dra(...)

Former editor of The Irish Times Conor Brady, one of Gsoc’s three commissioners from 2005 to 2011, wrote at the weekend that he authorised numerous phone record requests, as provided for by law. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has been accessing individuals’ telephone records as far back as 2011, a former commissioner has confir(...)

Disclosure by Edward Snowden that the US NSA had intercepted German chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone calls increased awareness of the activities of foreign intelligence agencies

In the wake of the disclosure in 2013 that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had intercepted German chancellor Angela Merkel’s calls, Taoiseach En(...)

Gsoc comments come after Taoiseach Enda Kenny says access appropriate only in national security cases. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has defended its decision to access journalists’ phones while investigating gardaí for alleged leaks, (...)

Katy French investigation: the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission accessed two journalists’ phone records as part of its response to alleged leaks about the death of the model, in 2007. Photograph: Frank Miller

Why are we suddenly concerned about journalists’ phone records being accessed? Just over a week ago The Irish Times published a story about the Garda (...)

NewsBrands Ireland welcomed the decision of the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald  to establish a review of the legislative system whereby journalists’ phone records have been accessed. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The accessing of journalists’ phone records by State agencies breaches the right to freedom of expression guaranteed by the European Convention on Hu(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said she could not identify how many requests related to journalists’ phones. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/File photo

The Department of Justice has confirmed An Garda Síochána w as granted access to more than 11,500 phone records and 4,000 internet logs over a two-y(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: said there was no question of review of the law “reflecting any lack of confidence in GSOC”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has insisted she has not authorised the tapping of journalists’ telephone calls by Garda bodies. As she anno(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed  “absolute confidence” in GSOC chairwoman  Judge Mary Ellen Ring. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his “absolute confidence” in the chairwoman of Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), Judge Mary Ellen Ring. (...)