Niall Collins: “While I welcome the report’s publication, it is regrettable Minister Fitzgerald delayed its release until after the Dáil rose for the summer recess.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Niall Collins has described the Department of Justice report as “damning’’ and said it showed how “dysfunctional” de(...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald at the publication of the Report of the Independent Review Group on the Department of Justice and Equality at Government Buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The departing secretary general of the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell, has said his decision to step aside was taken to avoid “a damaging dis(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald:  initiated the report, which also examined department’s fitness for purpose. It was expected to be published this month. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is under renewed pressure to decide on the future of Department of Justice secretary general Brian Purcell a(...)

Brian Crowley’s defection

An element of retribution was involved in Brian Crowley’s challenge to the authority of Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin when he changed sides within(...)

At a time when he should be concentrating on rebuilding the Fianna Fáil Mícheál Martin has been dealing with an  exhausting series of challenges from within the party.

Fianna Fáil is now a small party that sporadically operates like the colossus of Irish politics it once was. Since shortly before the game-changing 20(...)

“I think they have an inscription in Latin over the King’s Inns which effectively means nothing will ever change”

The Minister for Finance has hit back at claims by the Law Society that proposals to cut court services are short-sighted and flawed, insisting “thin(...)

John O’Donoghue, who resigned as ceann comhairle in October 2009 and lost his Dáil seat two years later, has made no secret of his desire to secure a nomination to contest the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil has become privately dismissive of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s chances of securing a party nomination to contest the new K(...)

Fianna Fail’s Éamon Ó Cuív has defended his intervention on behalf of a drug dealer who killed an associate and stored his body in a freezer for five years. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fail’s Éamon Ó Cuív has defended his intervention on behalf of a drug dealer who killed an associate and stored his body in a freezer for five (...)

Luis Suarez may have scored in the World Cup but when it comes to recovering from injury he can’t hold a candle to  Finian McGrath. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Tribunal running costs pick up pace It seems m’learned friends are licking their chops as the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry gets down to business.(...)

The principle that politicians should not make representations to judges concerning court cases is a good one and, following disgraceful behaviour in (...)