“What is needed now is that the authorities have the information they need to do their job - protecting and supporting survivors of abuse and as far as possible, preventing future abuse,” Minister for Children James Reilly said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Child and Family Agency Tusla has received “some non-specific” information from survivors of sexual abuse, Minister for Children James Reilly has conf(...)

Bob Olson, chief inspector of the Garda Siochana Inspectorate: he also  acknowledged “that some of the criticisms are not unique to An Garda Síochána, they are present in many other police forces around the world”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Garda Inspectorate report presented a “significant opportunity” to reform the force and is a “devastating critique” of the systems operated by An(...)

The number of gardaí working in the Dublin Metropolitan Division has fallen by 15 per cent in the last five years. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The number of gardaí working in the Dublin Metropolitan Division has fallen by 15 per cent in the last five years. Figures provided by Minister for Ju(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald confirmed the post of secretary general at the Department of Justicewould be re-advertised after a public service recruitment process failed to identify a successor to Brian Purcell. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she is disappointed that a new Department of Justice secretary general has not been appointed, but st(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 6:55

Sinn Féin has dissociated itself from the endorsement by a senior republican of a blog claiming Maíria Cahill was involved in a consensual relationshi(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: reforms about broader systemic failures

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has introduced legislation in the Dáil to strengthen the role and powers of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Comm(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins wrote a  letter on behalf of the widower, who is the sole carer of his four children, following the death of his wife.

A drug dealer who was the subject of representation by a senior politician has avoided a prison sentence.Hugo Porter (40) of St Patrick Villa’s, Castl(...)

Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil must carve out a distinctive identity and give people a reason to vote for the party or it risks becoming the “next SDLP”, a byelection po(...)

In the latest allegation of Garda malpractice,  Wexford Independent TD Mick Wallace said the Field Bar in Kilkenny had been subject to consistent harassment since John McDonald, who had returned from the US, purchased it in 2007.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Independent TD Mick Wallace has claimed in the Dáil that a Garda inspector led a campaign of “sustained” harassment against the owners, staff and cust(...)

A panel established by the Government is examining 282 cases of alleged Garda misconduct, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

A total of 282 cases of alleged Garda misconduct are being examined by a panel established by the Government, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald(...)