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(...)

Dr Maurice Hayes called for “the transfer of substantial powers and responsibilities to a reinvigorated local government”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s political difficulties are compounded by a “lack of engagement” by the electorate and especially by the young, the MacGill Summer School ha(...)

The process by which senior Garda officers are appointed is at the heart of it. All appointments from superintendent and higher are made by the Government.

On the face of it, comments by the head of the Garda Inspectorate, Bob Olson, yesterday were less than sensational.He was frank and honest but there w(...)

Developer Harry Crosbie, whose companies owe Nama about €430 million, is to ask the High Court to prevent Nama from pursuing him further over his debts, to remove Grant Thornton as receivers to the theatre, and “compensate Mr Crosbie for leaks made by Nama of personal information regarding his financial affairs”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Harry Crosbie, the Dublin docklands developer who built Point Village and the Grand Canal Theatre, has launched a lawsuit against the National Asset M(...)

The dispute dates to December when a federal judge in New York granted the search warrant as part of a criminal inquiry into a customer of Microsoft who has not been named publicly.

Technology giant Microsoft is resisting a search, backed by a US government warrant, of a customer’s email stored at a data centre in Dublin as par(...)

Amnesty International Ireland directory Colm O’Gorman said Government departments should  place people’s rights at the centre of spending decisions. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government should commit to holding a referendum to insert economic, social and cultural rights in the Constitution, Amnesty International has sai(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams this week with  European Election candidates Liadh Ní Riada, Lynn Boylan and Martina Anderson at the  launch of the party’s European election manifesto in  Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times 4:11

Gerry Adams climbs up a ladder to put up a Sinn Féin poster on a lamp-post outside Government Buildings. The party’s Dublin European election candidat(...)

Alan Shatter: During his time in opposition he drafted more private members legislation than any other TD of his generation. And during his time as minister, Bills came out like luggage on a carousel. Photograph: David Sleator

There was a lot of the infamous American tennis player John McEnroe to Alan Shatter during his long tenure in the front ranks of Irish politics. He wa(...)

Patrick Neary: He may not have covered himself in glory, but it is far from certain that anybody else sitting in his chair would have cried stop. Photograph: David Sleator.

In many ways the Anglo trial could not have gone better for Seán FitzPatrick. Not only was he found not guilty, he has been replaced as public enemy n(...)

Attendees at a rally outside the Dáil Eireann in June 2006. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

For a brief period, early in the summer of 2006, the country was convulsed by a Supreme Court decision which found the law on statutory rape be(...)