Changing the Garda culture

There has been some improvement since the Morris tribunal exposed Garda corruption in Donegal a decade ago. But a great deal remains the same: (...)

Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter TD and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan in conversation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is unlikely that the review by former High Court judge John Cooke of the alleged bugging of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) w(...)

GSOC commissioners Simon O’Brien (left)  and Kieran Fitzgerald  arriving for the Public Service Oversight Committee meeting at the Oireachtas in Leinster House.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The irish Times

Sunday February 9th (...)

If Martin Callinan, the Garda Commissioner, believed a criminal offence had been perpetrated within the offices of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman(...)

The Garda Ombudsman Commission Office on Dublin’s Upper Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Photograph: Collins.

Various Government figures said earlier that they hope to draw a line under the controversy surrounding alleged surveillance of the Garda Síoch(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said the events of the past 10 days since allegations of bugging at the GSOC’s Dublin offices surfaced in newspaper reports underlined the need to strengthen the commission’s hand and for an independent inquiry into the confusion that has arisen.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s commitment to “review” the workings of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has been m(...)

The most disturbing aspect of what happened after the Sunday Times claimed that the offices(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter who has decided to refer the penalty points affair to the Garda Ombudsman. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Garda Ombudsman Commission has said its investigation into the penalty points affair will be an interesting test case of the relationship between (...)

 Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan  speaking about the Smithwick report yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

The report of the Smithwick Tribunal could be dismissed as the shining of a light on a Garda culture that has long since passed. However, Judge Smithw(...)

The demand from the ombudsman for open access to the Garda’s intelligence and criminal convictions database has caused a row between it and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan

The body that investigates complaints against Garda members has failed to secure unfettered access to the force’s computer database despite flagging i(...)