Micheál Martin: “The Taoiseach had obviously decided . . . he was getting rid of the then minister for justice Alan Shatter as a political liability and would allow no delay in using the report as his excuse.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been accused of allowing a report into the handling of Garda malpractice claims made by a whistleblower to be rushed into pub(...)

‘From reading of the report it becomes quickly apparent that Martin Callinan’s resignation should never have been dealt with by a behind-closed-doors Commission of Investigation at all. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In technical terms, the vibes were not good. A small group of the most senior figures in Irish public life gathers in Government Buildings to discuss (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  outside the Department  of an Taoiseach on Wednesday  morning. Photograph: Dave Meehan

What are the principal implications of the interim report of the Fennelly Commission for the key players? TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY The interim (...)

Clockwise from top left: Martin Fraser, Enda Kenny, Brian Purcell, Martin Callinan, Alan Shatter and Máire Whelan.

Enda Kenny Mr Kenny has been a Fine Gael TD for Mayo since 1975 and Taoiseach since 2011. He has said he first became aware of the issue of the tapin(...)

Former  Garda commissioner Martin Callinan  (above) resigned last year after being visited at his home by former secretary-general of the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A report into the retirement of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan has been received by the Department of the Taoiseach. The interim inquiry b(...)

The retirement of previous Garda commissioner Martin Callinan in 2014 caused political controversy at the time, and the Opposition accused Taoiseach Enda  Kenny of effectively sacking him. The Taoiseach rejected the allegations.   File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The report on the retirement of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan is likely to be published early next month, possibly as soon as next week. (...)

The Oireachtas banking inquiry will hear from the former CEO of the National Treasury Management Agency John Corrigan on Wednesday morning along with Pat Farrell, former CEO of the Irish Banking Fedearation.

The Libyan investment authority considered investing €1.5 billion in Bank of Ireland in late 2010, according to the former head of the National Treasu(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern is said to be “keen” to appear before the committee. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern will appear before the banking inquiry next week. Mr Ahern is due to give evidence on his time as minister for finance (...)

Universal health insurance  would abolish Ireland’s existing two-tier system with a single tier system by effectively making everyone a private patient Photograph: Andrew Wong/Reuters

The annual cost of universal health insurance (UHI) to cover a standard package of benefits for one adult could be between €2,000 and €3,000, external(...)

The final terms of reference for the IBRC inquiry allows for the investigation of “whether the Minister for Finance (Michael Noonan) or his department was kept informed” of transactions. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The inquiry into the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation will be entitled to examine the role of Minister for Finance Michael Noonan in transactions by (...)