Brian Purcell:  asked to be moved from his post in the Department of Justice to another part of the public service following the findings of an independent review group set up by the Government earlier this year. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Brian Purcell, the former secretary general of the Department of Justice, is to be to be moved by the Government to a new position as head of complia(...)

Brian Purcell:  squeezed from office because of the disastrous handling of the allegations. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The now departed secretary general of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell is one of the most experienced senior civil servants in the State.He ha(...)

Garda Chief Superintendent Paul Smyth and his brother, businessman Philip Smyth, who claims he risked his life meeting Dublin gangster Martin Cahill (pictured) to help gardaí recover stolen paintings, are entitled to proceed with their action for damages against the Garda Commissioner and State, the High Court has ruled.

Garda Chief Superintendent Paul Smyth and his brother, businessman Philip Smyth, who claims he risked his life meeting Dublin gangster Martin Cahill t(...)

 Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter with Brian Purcell. Photograph: Frank Miller

Though his name was not widely known beyond political, media and security circles until being thrust into the middle of the Garda eavesdropping(...)

North Sea Scrolls: Andrew Mueller, Luke Haines and Cathal Coughlan. Photograph: Ki Price

North Sea ScrollsKevin Barry Room, NCH****Billed as an “evening of revelations” and pitched as an alternative and hidden history of Britain and Irelan(...)

Who can remember a single name among the litany of victims of the past decade? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

RTE needed something like Love/Hate. The station’s record in building audiences around home-produced drama has been patchy. Series like The Clinic and(...)

Sir William Orpen’s Portrait of Captain Colin David Brodie, dating from 1928, (€20,000-€30,000)

A painting once stolen by the notorious Dublin criminal Martin Cahill, known by his nickname, “the general” is among the highlights in Whyte’s art auc(...)