For the first time since his election as Taoiseach, Enda Kenny hosts the Fine Gael national conference in Castlebar, his Mayo constituency. It may wel(...)

Garda recruits waiting for  Taoiseach, Enda Kenny,  Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, who said they must have: “The courage to say ‘no’ if you believe the instruction is wrong. The courage to cry ‘halt’ to a practice that may have been going on forever.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New members of the Garda must be willing to reject an order if they feel it is wrong and have the courage to blow the whistle on unhealthy practices i(...)

Mick Wallace: The system is broken. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The only meaningful change that has taken place in the Garda Síochána and in its culture has been the appointment of a new commissioner, the Indepe(...)

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan, Fiona O’Sullivan of the Department of Justice (with umbrella), Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

The crises in An Garda Síochána in recent years are set to be reignited in the coming weeks as the investigation into how former Garda commissioner M(...)

Simon O’Brien: will relocate home to England to take up a bigger job. Photograph: Eric Luke.

A very public clash with outgoing GSOC chairman Simon O’Brien last February began a short and brutish period for then Garda commissioner Martin Callin(...)

Simon O’Brien: “This is a significant opportunity and I am looking forward to the new challenge. The new post will bring me back home to be with my wife and young family in London”

Head of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) Simon O’Brien has announced his resignation despite still having two years to run on his contr(...)

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission chairman Simon O’Brien will step down from his position at the end of January. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Head of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc), Simon O’Brien has announced his resignation despite two years remaining on his contract.The As(...)

A Government under siege

Administrative abuse, political complacency and lack of accountability provided the backdrop against which the Government was judged this year when th(...)

The relationship between Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and Tánaiste Joan Burton  will also be tested in the coming months, following some recent fraying. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If 2014 began a fracturing and reordering of the Irish political landscape, 2015 will be the year in which everything is up for grabs. By next Christm(...)


January January 3rd A succession of storms causes major damage, particularly in the west and south. Widespread flooding requires €70(...)