The former minister for justice Alan Shatter: “I am very puzzled as to why Seán Guerin did not take the additional time necessary to properly complete his work.”   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter says he is entitled to an explanation on the approach adopted in the Guerin report on allegations of Garda m(...)

Judge Cooke  found the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission’s decision to launch a full investigation into  suspicions of bugging was “heavily influenced” by paranoia generated by the generally tense and distrustful relationship between the commission and the Garda force. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The report into allegations of bugging at the offices of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) found exactly what the Government intended it (...)

‘All to do with an Ireland past, of course. We’re much more tolerant now. Enda pulled out all the stops in the Dáil. In fairness, he’s damn good at this. He oozes compassion and understanding.’

The publication of the Cooke report should have taken our minds off the Tuam babies story, but it didn’t. After the furore caused by the allegations s(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald speaking to media after a Cabinet meeting after the publication of the investigation by Mr Justice John Cooke into alleged breeches of security at the GSOC offices.  Photograph: Alan Betson

An official inquiry has found no evidence to support concerns of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) that its offices were bugged.The inqui(...)

While An Garda Síochana and its watchdog the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) have always endured a difficult relationship, the bugging controversy that erupted earlier this year brought it to a new low very rapidly.

While An Garda Síochana and its watchdog the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) have always endured a difficult relationship, the bugging cont(...)

At its meeting today, the Government considered a new and very serious issue relating to An Garda Síochána. The implications of this mat(...)

 Independent deputy Mick Wallace who said the damage to the Minister for Justice’s standing has also hurt the credibility of the Government. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has been damaged by policing controversies over the last 18 months and the Taoiseach must make a decision ove(...)