Wednesday, April 1st: Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Nial Fennelly is appointed as head of the commission of inquiry by Cabinet. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Monday, March 24th, 2014: Taoiseach Enda Kenny asks secretary general at the Department of Justice Brian Purcell to brief Garda commissioner Martin Ca(...)

Fr Peter McVerry says in places buying drugs is easier than buying pizza.

Buying drugs in parts of Ireland can be easier than ordering pizza,” said campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, who believes the “war on drugs has long been lo(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has abandoned moves by her predecessor, Alan Shatter, to lower the age of sexual consent from 17 to 16. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

People who pay for sex will face criminal sanction under new laws that have been approved by the Government.At its weekly meeting, the Cabinet agreed (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has denied that the Government’s selection of the chair designate of the new Policing Authority followed a non-transparent process. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has denied that the Government’s selection of the chair designate of the new Policing Authority did not follow(...)

Bob Olson, chief inspector of the Garda Siochana Inspectorate: he also  acknowledged “that some of the criticisms are not unique to An Garda Síochána, they are present in many other police forces around the world”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Garda Inspectorate report presented a “significant opportunity” to reform the force and is a “devastating critique” of the systems operated by An(...)

Department of Justice secretary general Brian Purcell was accused of putting on a ’farcical’ performance and ’talking down the clock’ during an appearance  before the Oireachtas Justice Committee to discuss the Guerin Report. 1:36

Department of Justice secretary general Brian Purcell was accused of putting on a “farcical” performance and “talking down the clock” during an appear(...)

Secretary General of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell who is due to appear before the Oireachtas Justice Committee today.

The Secretary General of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell will appear before the Oireachtas Justice Committee this evening. Mr Purcell w(...)

Joan Burton TD, MEP candidate Lorraine Higgins,  Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Emer Costello MEP and Phil Prendergast MEP at the launch of the Labour European and local election manifestos at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ireland South MEP Phil Prendergast has said she stands by her calls for Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore to resign as Labour leader, but says she will not work (...)

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission’s offices.  Photograph: Collins

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has said the entire system of Garda oversight introduced after the Morris Tribunal needs to be “reset” (...)

National and local Traveller organisations protesting in Dublin last year. An Oireachtas Committee is calling for Traveller ethnicity to be recognised. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Oireachtas committee will today recommend that Travellers be recognised as an ethnic minority. The Joint Committee on Justice and Eq(...)