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(...)

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(...)

Alan Shatter: “The High Court decision was delivered today and I wish to read the judgment and reflect upon it.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has said he will “reflect” on a High Court ruling which dismissed his challenge of the Guerin report. The Co(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has criticised the No campaign in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum, claiming that they are using children as weapons.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has entered the debate on the same-sex marriage referendum, claiming children are being used as “weapons” by(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended sending the terms of reference of a commission of investigation into alleged Garda malpractice to former minister fo(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett faces the prospect of the main Opposition parties expressing no confidence in him in the Dáil after he did not allow a debate on the creation of a commission of inquiry into allegations of Garda malpractice.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has demanded Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett withdraw his claim that the party attempted to undermine him as the row over his ruling a debate(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett: may have been relying on Standing Orders to rule out Dáil debate on Garda malpractice. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Sub judice, meaning “under judicial consideration”, is a conversation-stopper. At times its deployment in political debate is a convenient way to shut(...)

Seán Barrett has attracted many complaints in a Dáil composed of very competitive opposition groups and a large Government majority. The role of Ceann(...)

 Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett: Taoiseach says his ruling is irreversible. Photograph: Alan Betson

Opposition TDs walked out of the Dáil yesterday in a row over the ruling out of a debate on a motion setting up a commission of investigation into cla(...)

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Opposition TDs walked out of the Dáil in a row over the ruling out of a debate on a motion setting up a commission of investigation into claims of Gar(...)