Leo Varadkar has been the best at using the public appointments system. Photograph: Collins

Last year the Department of Arts and Heritage placed public advertisements inviting responses from people who thought themselves suitable to be member(...)

Brendan Howlin, who announced a new policy of filling board vacancies, speaking outside Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Ministers will have to choose all State board appointments from a shortlist provided to them by the public appointments service under new measures agr(...)

A plan is in place for Sgt Maurice McCabe to meet Assistant Commissioner Kieran Kenny on Wednesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe is set to have his first meeting next week with senior Garda management about his allegations of continued har(...)

Sgt Maurice McCabe: Very few people emerge with credit from the report. One who does, however, is McCabe himself, whom the report points out was described by his superiors as committed, energetic, hard-working and trustworthy.

In late January 2008 a meeting took place between Maurice McCabe, a Garda sergeant then based at Bailieboro, Co Cavan, and his superintendent. Over th(...)

Whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe made his allegations as far back as May 2008, when he was stationed in Cavan-Monaghan.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The first complaints to authorities by Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe were made as far back as May 2008, when he was stationed in Cavan-Monagh(...)

Alan Shatter: During his time in opposition he drafted more private members legislation than any other TD of his generation. And during his time as minister, Bills came out like luggage on a carousel. Photograph: David Sleator

There was a lot of the infamous American tennis player John McEnroe to Alan Shatter during his long tenure in the front ranks of Irish politics. He wa(...)

 Senator David Norris: told Seanad that Minister for Justice has “an inability to resist the temptation to smear anybody who gets in his way”.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Independent Senator David Norris said the controversy surrounding Minister for Justice Alan Shatter was like a Greek drama. “H(...)

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan is under increasing political pressure to withdraw remarks about two Garda whistleblowers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The Garda Commissioner is appointed by the Government and is responsible to the Minister for Justice, who, in turn, is accountable to Dáil Éire(...)

The confidential recipient’s role is to receive and process Garda complaints about irregularities within the force. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has announced the appointment of the new Garda confidential recipient. Retired District Court Judge Mr Patric(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has declined to say if former Garda confidential recipient Oliver Connolly should appear before the(...)