Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has made a bold and brave start in her new post. The decisions she takes in her first 100 days as commissioner do(...)

 John Wilson: said prohibition never worked. File Photograph: Courts Collins

Garda whistleblower John Wilson has called for a “rational, mature” debate on legalising cannabis in Ireland, given its widespread use.“If the psychoa(...)

John Wilson, principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, during rehearsals at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When I meet John Wilson, it is late in the afternoon, and he has just done six hours of rehearsals for a Gershwin gig with the RTÉ Concert Orchestr(...)

Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts  for his High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

Here’s an overview of the key evidence from the High Court this week, where Ian Bailey is suing the Garda Commissioner and State over the conduct of (...)

Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey leaving the Four Courts. Photograph: Collins

A total of 54 suspects or persons of interest were identified by gardaí investigating the murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in (...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? Jörg Widmann’s sparky advocacy of Mendelssohn with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. A perfectly balance(...)

Ian Bailey case: This week the court heard Marie Farrell deny claiming she would get  a cut of any damages won from the State and that Garda surveillance of Mr Bailey was ‘not appropriate’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

WitnessesFormer Schull shopkeeper Marie FarrellRetired Garda and Person of the Year John WilsonChief Supt Tom Hayes of West Cork Garda DivisionMarie F(...)

John Wilson at the Four Courts to give evidence during the sixth week of a High Court action taken by Ian Bailey. Photograph: Collins

The number of entries regarding journalist Ian Bailey on the garda intelligence collation system was so extensive that it must have been sanctioned at(...)

Paschal Donohoe photographed on the plinth of the Dáil announcing the amended road traffic legislation to deal with penalty points. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

What’s the problem?Two errors in the Road Traffic Act 2014 have emerged which have placed a question mark over the 200,000 penalty points issued to 78(...)

Panti Bliss - aka Rory O’Neill - with Stephen Fry at the Rehab People of the Year awards. Photograph: Zara Zhuang/The Irish Times

Rory O’Neill - aka Panti Blis - and Garda whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson were among the winners of the 2014 People of the Year Awards.O(...)