Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Heuston station: “They gathered up all the shiny things they gave the country over the last four years and made a big deal of handing them over again.” Photograph: The Irish Times

“Bing Bong! We are now approaching Heuston station. Will politicians at the rear of the platform please move forward to the microphones in order to al(...)

‘From reading of the report it becomes quickly apparent that Martin Callinan’s resignation should never have been dealt with by a behind-closed-doors Commission of Investigation at all. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In technical terms, the vibes were not good. A small group of the most senior figures in Irish public life gathers in Government Buildings to discuss (...)

‘All of the key decisions which led to the situation where Martin Callinan was put under this pressure to retire were made at meetings run by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.’  Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

The word “however” is often the most important utterance in any judgment. There is a big and important “however” in the middle of the key paragraph(...)

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

Enda Kenny: got his “spake” in first without his detractors being in a position to challenge his version of events. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Fennelly report arrived into Government Buildings on Monday night. It was 280 pages but it did not arrive as hard copy. It came as a USB key fob w(...)

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 (...)

Main players in the controversy (from left): former minister for justice Alan Shatter, Attorney General Máire Whelan, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan, and former secretary general of the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell.

The argument from Government in the coming days will be that the only question worth dealing with is whether Taoiseach Enda Kenny attempted to sack, o(...)

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. (...)