The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has called on the Government to immediately extend his remit to provide independent oversight of direct provision centres for asylum seekers. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has called on the Government to immediately extend his remit to provide independent oversight of direct provision centres (...)

Patients are afraid to complain about the care they receive in hospitals because of concerns over possible repercussions for themselves or their loved ones, according to an investigation by the Ombudsman. Photograph: AFP

Patients are afraid to complain about the care they receive in hospitals because of concerns over possible repercussions for themselves or their loved(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Mr Howlin is to extend the remit of the Ombudsman to allow it to investigate complaints in private nursing homes. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Ombudsman is to be given new powers to investigate complaints in private nursing homes.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin (...)

Voters will be asked to vote on on the questions of marriage equality and the age of eligibility for contesting presidential elections on May 22nd. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Constitutional status of marriage will remain unchanged if the same-sex marriage amendment is passed, the Referendum Commission has said. Launchin(...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn: his criticism of Ombudsman Peter Tyndall is revealed in documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The head of one State watchdog has accused the head of another of undermining the reputation and credibility of his organisation in a heated row spar(...)

Alan Kelly:  a more realistic time frame was that the commission would be  operational ahead of the next European and local elections, in 2019. Photograph: : Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has committed to establish an independent electoral commission during its term of office.However, Minister for the Environment Alan Ke(...)

The Information Commissioner has refused a Freedom of Information appeal by The Irish Times for official records on the liquidation of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, the former Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Information Commissioner has refused a Freedom of Information appeal by The Irish Times for official records on the liquidation of Irish Bank Re(...)

Sheila Ryan, sister of Mary Garvan, who lives in Áras Attracta residential home in Swinford, Co Mayo

Organisations representing people with intellectual disabilities have called on the Government to appoint a confidential recipient to deal with abuse (...)

Figures released by the Courts Service show some judges claimed almost €49,000 more than their colleagues at the same level for travel, subsistence and judicial attire and incidental expenses, in a 12-month period.

There are huge variations in the expenses claimed by judges at all levels, according to figures released by the Courts Service. They show that some ju(...)

Dessie Larkin, who was previously a Fianna Fáil councillor, is facing nine allegations relating to incidents that occurred in 2006.

A former Fianna Fáil councillor has denied that negligent or reckless behaviour on his part led him to allegedly breach ethics in public office rules (...)