A mural in Dublin’s Temple Bar supporting a Yes vote in the same-sex referendum. The Garda’s representative body has called for a yes. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has stopped well short of supporting the right of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) to call on its me(...)

 Former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland Nuala O’Loan:  “The guards need to be building confidence, not losing it. It is not the function of police officers who are sworn to uphold the law, to challenge the law and call for people to change the law in this way.”  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The right of the body representing rank-and-file gardaí to recommend a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum has been defended by both the M(...)

The Fianna Fáil leader was responding to comments made by former police ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Nuala O’Loan, who said it was inappropriate for the GRA to advocate a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) is fully entitled to advocate a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Ma(...)

“My objection is policing everywhere is supposed to provide an impartial and independent service and this clearly is not happening when a Garda representative association is taking a stance on a referendum which is being conducted by the state”, said Nuala O’Loan. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland Baroness Nuala O’Loan has said she is appalled by calls from the Garda Representative Association (GRA) f(...)

Kieran Megraw (left) and Seán Megraw carry the coffin of their brother Brendan at his funeral in Belfast yesterday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

At yesterday’s funeral Mass for “Disappeared” man Brendan Megraw, his brother Kieran told of the family’s sense of joy and relief when the cortege br(...)

 Kieran Megraw (L) carries the remains of his brother Brendan  in Belfast today. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The funeral of Brendan Megraw, one of the Disappeared, was held today in west Belfast.A large crowd gathered today at St Oliver Plunkett Church in Len(...)

The aftermath of the  bombing in  Omagh, as  a new probe finds that police intelligence officers withheld  information from detectives investigating the incident. Photo: PA

RUC Special Branch officers withheld intelligence from detectives investigating the Omagh bombing in 1998, a report by the Police Ombudsman for Nor(...)

Police intelligence officers withheld some information from detectives investigating the Omagh boming in Northern Ireland in which 29 people were killed, a new report has found. Photograph of the aftermath of the Co Tyrone bomb. Photograph: PA

Police intelligence officers withheld some information from detectives investigating the Omagh boming in Northern Ireland in which 29 people were kill(...)

Pope Francis attends yesterday’s opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The prevailing mood among Catholics concerning the papacy of Pope Francis is one of uncertainty. Frequently, this is accompanied by anxiety – at the p(...)

 North’s First Minister Peter Robinson insists Stormont institutions are not fit for purpose.   Photograph:  Arthur Allison.

As you read this news media elsewhere will be dominated by the outcome of the Scottish referendum. The campaign for and against independence has under(...)