‘From reading of the report it becomes quickly apparent that Martin Callinan’s resignation should never have been dealt with by a behind-closed-doors Commission of Investigation at all. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In technical terms, the vibes were not good. A small group of the most senior figures in Irish public life gathers in Government Buildings to discuss (...)

Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan was “removed from his office”, according to the head of the Garda Representative Association PJ Stone. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Garda Representative Association (GRA), which represents rank and file Garda members, has said it believes the former Garda commissioner Martin Ca(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said “nobody believes the IRA has disbanded”.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said “nobody believes the IRA has disbanded and gone away”. Mr Flanagan was responding to Sinn Féin(...)

Former secretary general of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell left post after Callinan controversy.  File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gone from his former post as secretary general of the Department of Justice since July of last year, Brian Purcell was moved to the new position as he(...)

 Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan. The Fennelly interim report deals with Mr Callinan’s decision to step down in March last year. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An interim report by retired Supreme Court judge Nial Fennelly on the resignation of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan has been published. Wha(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says the Fennelly report has found he did not sack former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny did not sack or seek to sack former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan, an inquiry has found. The report, which was published on(...)

The Democratic Unionists -  led by First Minister Peter Robinson - have been defeated in a bid for a four-week adjournment of the Northern Ireland Assembly to allow for political negotiations, a party spokesman said. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. 2:44

The DUP leader Peter Robinson has called for the return of the Northern Assembly to be adjourned for four weeks to facilitate comprehensive talks that(...)

Niamh Randall, national spokeswoman for the Simon Communities: “Seeing things we have never seen in all our time working in housing and homelessness policy.” Photograph: The Irish Times

On November 18th last year, on the floor of Leinster House, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “A situation whereby children, in particular, are homeless is n(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the State was pleased to be able to offer the honour of State funeral to the descendants of Thomas Kent (above), who was executed in Cork Prison, the Victoria Barracks in May 1916.

The Government is to hold a State funeral for Thomas Kent - one of only two people executed outside of Dublin in 1916 - after DNA testing confirmed th(...)

Minister for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Comments made by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in which he outlined his reasons for appointing a non-Irish speaker to the post of Minister of State for Gae(...)