Martin Callinan with Alan Shatter: on March 25th, 2014, the garda commissioner retired with no notice for “family reasons”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Fine Gael-Labour Coalition has been forced to endure repeated policing crises since coming to office. A minister for justice has gone, a Garda com(...)

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 (...)

Former TD Noel O’Flynn. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former TD Noel O’Flynn has left Fianna Fáil, seemingly due to his dissatisfaction with party leader Micheál Martin. “Having been a member of Fianna Fá(...)

Fianna Fáil has accused the Taoiseach of employing shifty tactics in the period leading up to the retirement of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A motion of no confidence in Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to be tabled by Fianna Fáil later this month when the Dáil resumes. The motion relates to the fin(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Did “not intend to put pressure” on Mr Callinan to retire. Photograph: The Irish Times

The interim report of the Fennelly Commission has made wide-ranging criticism of senior Government figures but has cleared Taoiseach Enda Kenny of try(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “It was very wrong for the Taoiseach to do what he did. Martin Callinan was left with no option.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to consider tabling a motion of no confidence in Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Mr Martin said the findings of the report (...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. 	File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Labour leader Joan Burton of being “irresponsible” and “cr(...)

The rapidity with which the Northern Ireland Executive has descended into a full-blown crisis reflects not just a loss of trust between the various pa(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister Conor Lenihan: clearly doesn’t feel his political past is anything to be embarrassed about. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It’s a story that won’t go away. For all Fianna Fáil’s rebranding efforts, the troublesome past always comes back to haunt it. Tuesday’s edition of(...)

‘This week the government reaction to events in Northern Ireland was initially incoherent, with Frances Fitzgerald sounding more robust, and more political this week than she did last weekend, perhaps because of what Joan Burton and Micheál Martin had to say in between.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

This weekend marks the end of the political silly season. It will be at least another fortnight before the Dáil itself resumes but most Ministers, dep(...)