The process of appointing a successor to former commissioner Martin Callinan, who retired in March, is being run by the public appointments service. It is the first time the position has been advertised outside the Garda force. The Government hopes to fill the post by the end of the year.

Executive recruitment companies are being asked to prepare proposals on how they would search for suitable candidates internationally to fill the gard(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she did not ask the Department secretary general Brian Purcell to resign. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she did not ask the Department secretary general Brian Purcell to resign.“I didn’t ask him to stay, I(...)

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(...)

Niall Collins: “While I welcome the report’s publication, it is regrettable Minister Fitzgerald delayed its release until after the Dáil rose for the summer recess.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Niall Collins has described the Department of Justice report as “damning’’ and said it showed how “dysfunctional” de(...)

Not long after her appointment in May, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald committed the Government to implementing a comprehensive programme of change in the department. Photograph: Eric Luke

The clear and decisive findings of the expert report into the Department of Justice have had the immediate result of prompting secretary general Brian(...)

May 16th, 2013: During a discussion on RTÉ’s Primetime, then Minister for Justice Alan Shatter reveals that independent TD Mick Wallace was stopped fo(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald:  initiated the report, which also examined department’s fitness for purpose. It was expected to be published this month. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is under renewed pressure to decide on the future of Department of Justice secretary general Brian Purcell a(...)

Tánaiste Burton   with former Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. He went quietly, but Pat Rabbitte fought an entertaining rearguard action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

THE GOLDEN WHISTLE AWARD This goes to former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan for services to “so-called whistleblowers”. Callinan’s headline(...)

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A battered and bruised Government that experienced resignations, demotions and a winnowing of members has limped into the summer recess. The holiday p(...)

File photograph Michael McDowell who  has questioned why Mr Kenny did not give an explanation to the Dáil on Mr Callinan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell has attacked the Coalition’s plans for an independent Garda authority, and said the Dáil was “confronted(...)