The Government has recently agreed to establish an independent Garda authority, which would take on oversight of the force. photograph: eric luke

The Department of Justice is “utterly isolated” from Garda Headquarters. It rarely seeks specific information from senior gardaí, but when it does ask(...)

 Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter with Brian Purcell. Photograph: Frank Miller

Though his name was not widely known beyond political, media and security circles until being thrust into the middle of the Garda eavesdropping(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter recently said, in response to parliamentary questions,  direct provision meets Ireland’s international and European humanitarian obligations. Photograph: David Sleator

T here has been a significant reduction in the number of people arriving in Ireland and claiming refugee status. The figure has gone from a high of mo(...)

Seán Aylward

The former secretary general of the Department of Justice, Seán Aylward, has resigned as Ireland’s representative on a key European anti-torture body (...)

The Home Economics class at St Patrick’s Institution. Some prisoners were found to have stale food in freezing cells with dirty bed linen.

The Government has been forced into closing St Patrick’s Institution for Young Offenders after a series of surprise visits to the jail by Inspector of(...)