Mr Justice Feargus  Flood, first chairman  of the  planning tribunal. In 2002, ordinary citizens queued around the block when  Mr Justice  Flood published his damning report on the payments made to former Fianna Fáil minister Ray Burke. Photograph: Alan Betson

The planning tribunal, in its heyday, was box office. For years, nightly news led with the latest from Dublin Castle, where the public gallery was reg(...)

The relationship between Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and Tánaiste Joan Burton  will also be tested in the coming months, following some recent fraying. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If 2014 began a fracturing and reordering of the Irish political landscape, 2015 will be the year in which everything is up for grabs. By next Christm(...)

It can be argued voters never fully bought into Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.

Nobody in the Government parties is pretending to be happy with the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, and those on the Independent benches can hardl(...)

Then editor of The Irish Times Geraldine Kennedy and Irish Times journalist Colm Keena at the Mahon tribunal in Dublin Castle in 2006. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

On September 21st, 2006, The Irish Times ran a story on its front page under the headline “Tribunal examines payments to Taoiseach”. The report, by(...)

Mr Justice Nial Fennelly:  his commission of investigation was established in April to examine covert recording of phone calls in some Garda stations between 1980 and November 2013. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Fennelly commission is seeking information from solicitors on their experience of telephone recording at Garda stations. The commission of invest(...)

Mr Justice Peter Charleton: appointed to the Supreme Court. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has nominated High Court judge Peter Charleton to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement last month of Mr Justice Nia(...)

Department of Justice secretary general Brian Purcell.

The judge chairing the inquiry into taped telephone calls at Garda stations should be asked if his work could be prejudiced by the Department of Justi(...)

A decision on a replacement for Mr Justice Nial Fennelly, who retired from the Supreme Court last month, is imminent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is close to selecting a new Supreme Court judge and will fill at least one vacancy on the High Court in the coming weeks. A decision on(...)

Sophie Toscan du Plantier: murdered in west Cork in December 1996.

A lawyer acting for the family of murdered French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier has expressed his disappointment at the news that the Irish(...)

Secretary General of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell: appeared before the Oireachtas justice committee yesterday. File Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The commission of inquiry chaired by Mr Justice Nial Fennelly into the covert recording of phone calls at Garda stations should be allowed do its work(...)