While An Garda Síochana and its watchdog the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) have always endured a difficult relationship, the bugging controversy that erupted earlier this year brought it to a new low very rapidly.

While An Garda Síochana and its watchdog the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) have always endured a difficult relationship, the bugging cont(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at the Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions Hearing, on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has questioned the basis of the decision by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission to launch an investigatio(...)

Mr Justice John Cooke will conduct the independent inquiry into reports of surveillance of the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Government has appointed retired High Court Judge John Cooke to conduct the independent inquiry into reports of surveillance of the Garda S(...)

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter are photographed in Templemore Garda College last week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Representatives of all opposition parties and independents have voiced support for an independent inquiry into suspected surveillance at the Ga(...)

The worrying mystery of whether the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) was or was not under surveillance has been obscured by the way G(...)