The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has revealed results of a survey which found 86 per cent of its members, based on a 27 per cent sample, felt morale was either low or very low. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New initiatives aimed at addressing welfare and morale within An Garda Síochána are being developed for next year. Commitments on areas of concern w(...)

Replying to questions from members of the Oireachtas justice committee on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Insp Mark Toland of the Garda Inspectorate said: “We are saying the time is right now. They have the people in place; they have the senior management team.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The time for root-and-branch reforms of the Garda Síochána led by Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is “right now”, the Garda Inspectorate has told TDs a(...)

From the point of view of mental health, cannabis increases risk of anxiety, depression and severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression)

The recent report from the Oireachtas Justice Committee on the proposed decriminalisation of certain drug use is timely and important (“Minor d(...)

The  Courts Service chief executive has said the organisation is facing two more years of ‘scraping around looking for money’ to try and prevent their IT system from collapsing. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The head of the Courts Service has said the organisation is facing two more years of “scraping around looking for money” to try and prevent their outd(...)

Paddy Byrne, President of Muintir na Tire, at the Oireachtas Justice Committee hearing on rural crime.

People who arm themselves against burglars are “foolish and ridiculous” and will only make victims of themselves and their families, the group running(...)

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(...)