Seán Guerin SC said he had communicated with Kevin Clarke, an official in the Department of Justice nominated by the then minister as a point of contact. Photograph: Collins

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter wrote to the Taoiseach and Ceann Comhairle urging that aspects of the Guerin report concerning his handling o(...)

The former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter felt he had no alternative but to resign his position as Minister following the Seán Guerin’s report, the High Court has heard. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter was left in an “untenable” position after publication of a report concerning his handling of complaints made (...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has made a bold and brave start in her new post. The decisions she takes in her first 100 days as commissioner do(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended sending the terms of reference of a commission of investigation into alleged Garda malpractice to former minister fo(...)

Séan Barrett:  felt the safest option in the public interest was to allow the issue through on a vote but without debate. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times 2:48

The controversy surrounding Seán Barrett deflated quickly yesterday but the Ceann Comhairle’s authority has taken a hit in the longer term, with linge(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett faces the prospect of the main Opposition parties expressing no confidence in him in the Dáil after he did not allow a debate on the creation of a commission of inquiry into allegations of Garda malpractice.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has demanded Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett withdraw his claim that the party attempted to undermine him as the row over his ruling a debate(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett: Was asked by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to withdraw comments that Mr Martin said questioned Fianna Fáil’s “motivation”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett is facing the prospect of the main Opposition parties expressing no confidence in him after he suggested Fianna Fáil and (...)

Seán Barrett has attracted many complaints in a Dáil composed of very competitive opposition groups and a large Government majority. The role of Ceann(...)

 Minister for the Environment and Labour Deputy Leader Alan Kelly: made his comments at the weekly meeting of the Labour parliamentary party. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 3:12

Minister for the Environment and Labour Party Deputy Leader Alan Kelly last night strongly criticised Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett at a private meetin(...)

 Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett: Taoiseach says his ruling is irreversible. Photograph: Alan Betson

Opposition TDs walked out of the Dáil yesterday in a row over the ruling out of a debate on a motion setting up a commission of investigation into cla(...)