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 (...)

The judges with the highest expenses in each respective court for 2012 were as follows, clockwise from top left: Judge Gerard Furlong (District Court) - €45,222; Judge Desmond Hogan (Circuit Court) - €33,698; Mr Justice Paul Gilligan (High Court) - €8,219; Mr Justice Frank Clarke (Supreme Court) - €4,387.

The names of judges who claimed a total of €1.67 million in expenses were released today for the first time, following a ruling by the Information Com(...)

Details of the expenses paid to individual judges are to be made public for the first time following a decision by the Information Commissioner.Peter(...)

The report comes weeks after Ombudsman Peter Tyndall revealed shortcomings in care of the dying through a study of complaints made to his office. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

A Government-led parliamentary watchdog has called for a U-turn on the controversial scrapping of the bereavement grant.The Coalition-dominated commit(...)

Dealing with death

The Ombudsman’s reflections on end-of-life care will hopefully add momentum to the gathering debate on how we deal with death. In his report, A Good D(...)