The father (centre)  of Israeli citizen Dror Hanin mourns with others at his funeral in the cemetery in Yahud, Israel, yesterday. Dror Hanin is the first Israeli casualty since the beginning of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge”. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

The violence in Gaza and its cost to civilians was not acceptable, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan told the Dáil. He said that on takin(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Mr Shatter said it was “nonsense” to suggest he had an animus towards the Bar Council but the council operated, he said, under the motto nolumus mutari or no change. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter launched a broadside against the Bar Council during debate on amendments to the Legal Services Bill. The Bil(...)

 Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O’ Sullivan arriving  for a Public Accounts Committee  meeting at Leinster House earlier this week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

The Garda and Government have denied a charge that acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan has appointed two senior officers to posts that have al(...)

Frances Fitzgerald:  said the acting commissioner had initiated a comprehensive review of An Garda’s capacity to deal with emerging and complex crime, and this would have an important bearing on how the fraud bureau did its work.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she will “carefully consider” any proposals from An Garda Síochána to speed up investigations into w(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “We are also faced with growing and inextricable links between paramilitary groups and organised crime.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thirty terrorist-related attacks occurred in Northern Ireland last year and five this year to date, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald told the (...)

Sinn Féin’s Pádraig Mac Lochlainn:   has met family members and soldiers who served with Pte Hugh Doherty and Pte Kevin Joyce. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Senior officials in the Department of Defence are to meet members of the family of Private Hugh Doherty who was killed in Lebanon in 1981 with Privat(...)

Independent TD Shane Ross claimed Fine Gael appointed as judges “those who have served the party well over the years” - in the same way the party’s predecessors in government did. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

This Government is no different from the previous administration in using political patronage for the appointment of judges, the Dáil has heard.Indepe(...)

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has  said she had in recent days requested a report from interim Garda Commissioner Noirin  O’Sullivan on the Computer Crime Investigation Unit and its role in investigating cases involving images of child sex abuse. She added she had received that report earlier today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to meet interim Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan to discuss the Garda’s handling of serious criminal ca(...)

Full list of candidates The big question in Donegal is how Sinn Féin is going to do. Gerry Adams reckons his arrest over the murder of Jean McC(...)

Minister for  Justice Frances Fitzgerald acknowledged the “very difficult experience Sgt McCabe has had, and the critical role he played in bringing these issues forward”.

The Guerin report raises “fundamental issues about An Garda Síochána, their investigation of criminal cases and the responses to serious concerns rais(...)