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(...)

There is little in the Cooke report that will force either the Garda Ombudsman and the gardaí to change their relationship.

Within hours of the publication of the Cooke report last night, both the Garda and Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) were claiming vindicatio(...)

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission’s offices.  Photograph: Collins

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has said the entire system of Garda oversight introduced after the Morris Tribunal needs to be “reset” (...)

GSOC commissioner Kieran FitzGerald yesterday said he accepted its response to Seán Guerin’s requests for information for his report on the response by the State to Garda whistleblowers was too slow.

The body charged with investigating complaints against gardaí is pushing for a range of new powers in response to the problems that it and Garda whist(...)

The Inspector of Prisons has been asked to carry out an urgent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the recording of telephone conversations between prisoners and their solicitors.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has asked the Inspector of Prisons to carry out an urgent investigation into the circumstances surrounding th(...)

Legal sources have said that even if tapes had aided investigations, once their contents had not been used as evidence in court, convictions would probably be safe.  Photograph: Frank Miller /THE IRISH TIMES

The level of shock in Government circles at “revelations” that gardaí were engaged in widespread taping of phone calls wears thin when one revi(...)

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter: an overarching argument brought into sharp focus in the public spats between the GSOC and the whistleblowers on one side and Mr Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan on the other. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

In the late 1990s, when a modest reform of the Garda Complaints Board was being mooted, then minister for justice John O’Donoghue took seriousl(...)

Enda Kenny told the Dáil he had asked senior counsel to report to him before Easter. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore agreed shortly after receiving a dossier from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin last week that an i(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at the Oireachtas  Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions hearing. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Alan Shatter has had the good fortune to be Minister for Justice at a time of sustained falls in reported crime. Prison overcrowding has(...)

Ten days of damaging controversy have shown that legislative arrangements designed to deliver effective oversight and accountability of the Gar(...)