The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald announced on Thursday evening she would initiate an inquiry by an independent judicial figure, in accordance with section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, into the conduct of the original Gsoc investigation into the death of Sgt Michael Galvin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Garda sergeant who took his own life in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal last month believed his career was over, the general secretary of the Association(...)

Increasing pressure for an independent investigation into the incident has been coming from the GRA, the biggest Garda staff group, the deceased’s widow and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (Agsi). Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The judicial inquiry into the death of garda sergeant Michael Galvin will examine the precise processes followed by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commi(...)

The Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has ordered a judicial inquiry into the death of a garda sergeant following mounting calls for the Garda S(...)

Jack Marrinan (right) at a GRA delegate conference in 1979. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

John Marrinan, who has died aged 81, was a key moderniser of policing in Ireland. Always known as Jack, he was assigned to protection duties at the ho(...)

Jack Marrinan: was GRA general secretary for 27 years. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The death has taken place of Jack Marrinan, one of the key figures in the development of the Garda Representative Association (GRA), which represents (...)

A mural in Dublin’s Temple Bar supporting a Yes vote in the same-sex referendum. The Garda’s representative body has called for a yes. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has stopped well short of supporting the right of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) to call on its me(...)

An image of Carbury Garda station in Co Kildare which the GRA claims has been attacked by a criminal gang. Image: Google street view

Criminals have attempted to burn down a Garda station in Co Kildare, made serious threats against every officer stationed there and even followed one (...)

 Former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland Nuala O’Loan:  “The guards need to be building confidence, not losing it. It is not the function of police officers who are sworn to uphold the law, to challenge the law and call for people to change the law in this way.”  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The right of the body representing rank-and-file gardaí to recommend a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum has been defended by both the M(...)

“My objection is policing everywhere is supposed to provide an impartial and independent service and this clearly is not happening when a Garda representative association is taking a stance on a referendum which is being conducted by the state”, said Nuala O’Loan. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland Baroness Nuala O’Loan has said she is appalled by calls from the Garda Representative Association (GRA) f(...)

Independent TD Clare Daly claimed in the Dáil recently that a serving garda had shot dead a member of the public and a colleague who witnessed the shooting was ordered to conceal the fact that he was there. Photograph: The Irish Times

TDs have abused the legal privilege they enjoy when speaking in the Houses of the Oireachtas to malign gardaí, the Garda Representative Association (G(...)