Journalists are over-reliant on official sources and would do well to emulate academic researchers who draw on “multiple sources”, a conference on journalism was told today. Photograph: Getty Images

Journalists are over-reliant on official sources and would do well to emulate academic researchers who draw on “multiple sources”, a conference on jou(...)

In June, t the instigation of interim Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, new procedures were launched under which motorists seeking to have penalty points cancelled were obliged to complete a form available from the Garda website and outline the reasons why they felt the points were unfair.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A Garda inquiry into fresh allegations that motorists were continuing to have penalty points terminated for no legitimate reason is expected to conclu(...)

Acting Commissioner Noirín O Sullivan: “fully committed to improving the effectiveness and transparency of the penalty points system”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Garda penalty points regime has systemic weaknesses which result in up to 20 per cent of fines not being collected, a report published by the Publ(...)

Leo Varadkar has been the best at using the public appointments system. Photograph: Collins

Last year the Department of Arts and Heritage placed public advertisements inviting responses from people who thought themselves suitable to be member(...)

Sgt Maurice McCabe: his whistleblowing activity was described by Martin Callinan as “disgusting”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Perhaps there is an element of the penalty points horse having well bolted by the time the Public Accounts Committee completes its final report into t(...)

Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan: a draft report from the Public Accounts Committee is highly critical of his handling of the penalty points controversy. Photograph: David Sleator

Garda superintendents were not held accountable for the high failure rates in serving court summonses on drivers given penalty points, and some membe(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said indiscipline in An Garda Síochána would be dealt with. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Where there are inefficiencies and indiscipline in An Garda Síochána they have to be dealt with, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said. She(...)

 A motorist is  stopped for speeding. Photograph: The Irish Times

It is no overstatement to say the fresh penalty points controversy will decide the career of interim Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan and in turn (...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has described fresh allegations of continued abuses of the penalty points system as “very, very serious” and says they must be investigated properly.  Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has described fresh allegations of continued abuses of the penalty points system as “very, very serious” and sa(...)

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe is to be seconded to the Garda unit investigating his allegations of continued abuses of the penalty points system.

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe is to be seconded to the Garda unit investigating his allegations of continued abuses of the penalty points (...)