Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan lends her cap to eight-year-old Eva Counihan, whose mother Leonora Power was one of 62 new members of the Garda Reserve graduating at the Garda College Templemore. Photograph: Alan Betson

It seems like a lifetime ago now, but 2005 was a difficult year for policing in the Republic.The first reports of the Morris tribunal into Garda corru(...)

Publishing the results of its two-year examination of the Garda’s investigation of crime, the Garda Inspectorate was quick to point out that its work (...)

Robert Olson chief inspector (centre) with deputy chief inspectors Mark Toland and Debra Kirby, at the press conference marking the publication of the Garda Inspectorate report in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

As the full extent of the resourcing and operational shortcomings dogging the Garda were revealed yesterday, the words of interim Garda Commissione(...)

Gardaí graduate from the Garda College, Templemore, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

There is a depressing familiarity to the current policing scandals. It feels as if barely a week goes by that there is not some other twist or turn in(...)

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(...)