Labour Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Ciara Conway,  who spoke in favour of the Sinn Féin proposal, were absent for the vote. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

The Government last night rejected a Sinn Féin motion calling for the State to grant ethnic minority status to Travellers by 58 to 39 votes. Labour M(...)

Aodháin Ó Riordáin: everyone in the Dáil should stand by truth and “the truth is that the Travelling community in this State in this Republic are a distinct ethnic group” and they deserved recognition. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Dáil will vote on Wednesday on a Sinn Féin motion calling on the State to recognise Travellers as an ethnic group. Minister of State for Equality (...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has said it does not accept the findings of two reports published this week on republican and loyalist paramilitary groups. A British govern(...)

Enda Kenny: “This is  a very sensitive issue . . . I hope the matter can be dealt with today.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council should have contacted residents of a south Dublin housing estate before deciding to (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said prolific burglars were repeatedly granted bail. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Repeat burglars could be refused bail under legislation introduced by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Ms Fitzgerald told the Dáil a large pr(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “I would reiterate that the overall objective of the Government’s programme of justice to bring forward necessary changes to improve policing services in the State and to maintain public confidence in the Garda Síochána’’

The establishment of an independent policing authority will deliver “a sea change’’ in Garda oversight, the Minister for Justice has told the Dáil. Fr(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has highlighted a case where the two back wheels of an ambulance fell off while it was transporting a patient on a life s(...)

Martin Callinan with Alan Shatter: on March 25th, 2014, the garda commissioner retired with no notice for “family reasons”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Fine Gael-Labour Coalition has been forced to endure repeated policing crises since coming to office. A minister for justice has gone, a Garda com(...)

 Nóirín O’Sullivan: “Our security assessments will continue to be based on credible intelligence, hard facts and emerging evidence.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Garda Commissioner has said the Garda has never denied the existence of the Provisional IRA. However in a statement on Wednesday night Nóirín O’Su(...)

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan: “I am very much aware that there are a number of individuals, both acting individually and acting in consort, involved in organised crime in a number of the areas mentioned by the Senator”

People linked with the Provisional IRA are still involved in criminality in the Republic but not on the same scale as in Northern Ireland, Garda sourc(...)