Taoiseach Enda Kenny did not force the resignation of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan but the latter felt he should consider his position, a(...)

Attorney General Máire Whelan was ‘troubled’ by the idea that the recordings might be destroyed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The Attorney General, Máire Whelan, considered legislation to “deal with” the thousands of hours of telephone calls to Garda stations that had been r(...)

Enda Kenny: Backing for his Attorney General Máire Whelan comes after a public expression of confidence this week. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny expressed confidence in Attorney General Máire Whelan on Wednesday at the first Cabinet meeting after the summer break, following(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  outside the Department  of an Taoiseach on Wednesday  morning. Photograph: Dave Meehan

What are the principal implications of the interim report of the Fennelly Commission for the key players? TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY The interim (...)

The Fennelly Commission said then secretary-general of the Department of Justice Brian  Purcell’s evidence was that he was asked to convey to former Garda commissioner Martin  Callinan the gravity with which the Taoiseach viewed the matter of the Garda telephone recording systems, and to ask him to consider the situation. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There was “sharp” controversy between the five attendees at a meeting the night before the retirement of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan on (...)

The Fennelly report notes Attorney General Maire Whelan did not contact Martin Callinan or Alan Shatter directly on the phone recording issue. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It began with a text message. On November 8th, 2013, Kenneth Ruane, the head of legal affairs for An Garda Síochána, contacted Ruth FitzGerald, who wa(...)

Clockwise from top left: Martin Fraser, Enda Kenny, Brian Purcell, Martin Callinan, Alan Shatter and Máire Whelan.

Enda Kenny Mr Kenny has been a Fine Gael TD for Mayo since 1975 and Taoiseach since 2011. He has said he first became aware of the issue of the tapin(...)

The retirement of previous Garda commissioner Martin Callinan in 2014 caused political controversy at the time, and the Opposition accused Taoiseach Enda  Kenny of effectively sacking him. The Taoiseach rejected the allegations.   File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The report on the retirement of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan is likely to be published early next month, possibly as soon as next week. (...)

On patrol: British soldiers in the Bogside, in Derry in 1971, during clashes between republicans and loyalists. Photograph: Darde/AFP/Getty

There is a handwritten note in the margin of a letter written in 1977 by the British home secretary at the time, Merlyn Rees, to the prime minister, J(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien. The Dáil is to debate the terms of the commission of investigation into the sale of Siteserv to a company controlled by Mr O’Brien over two days. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has agreed to allow two days in the Dáil next week for a debate on the terms of the commission of investigation into the Irish Bank Re(...)