Overhauling Justice

A culture of secrecy and aloofness, combined with poor management, inadequate oversight and a lack of personal accountability has eroded confidence in(...)

Brian Purcell: leaving post of secretary general on foot of a hard-hitting report which found a “closed, secretive, silo-driven culture” at the Department of Justice. Photograph: Frank Miller

Brian Purcell is unlikely to be given a position in any State organisations with responsibility for justice and security matters after he steps asid(...)

Mahmoud Bazzi,  a suspect in the abduction, torture and killing of two Irish soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in Lebanon 34 years ago. Photograph: AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Brian Kaufman

John O’Mahony has no doubt that Mahmoud Bazzi is the man who shot him. The Co Kerry farmer was one of three Irish soldiers abducted while serving with(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she did not ask the Department secretary general Brian Purcell to resign. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she did not ask the Department secretary general Brian Purcell to resign.“I didn’t ask him to stay, I(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: “In fact, he said to me he thought it was in the best interests of the department.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said Brian Purcell’s decision to step aside as secretary general of the Department of Justice was “the ri(...)

Brian Purcell:  squeezed from office because of the disastrous handling of the allegations. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The now departed secretary general of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell is one of the most experienced senior civil servants in the State.He ha(...)

Frances Fitzgerald addresses the media yesterday after publication of the damning report on the Department of Justice. Photograph: Aidan Cawley/The Irish Times

The Department of Justice has a “closed, secretive” culture as well as “significant leadership and management problems”, according to an independent (...)

Niall Collins: “While I welcome the report’s publication, it is regrettable Minister Fitzgerald delayed its release until after the Dáil rose for the summer recess.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Niall Collins has described the Department of Justice report as “damning’’ and said it showed how “dysfunctional” de(...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald at the publication of the Report of the Independent Review Group on the Department of Justice and Equality at Government Buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The departing secretary general of the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell, has said his decision to step aside was taken to avoid “a damaging dis(...)

Not long after her appointment in May, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald committed the Government to implementing a comprehensive programme of change in the department. Photograph: Eric Luke

The clear and decisive findings of the expert report into the Department of Justice have had the immediate result of prompting secretary general Brian(...)