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(...)

Alan Shatter: “I am very happy that we have a statutory commission of inquiry and I am very happy that all of those issues are addressed there”

By most measures, Alan Shatter is the member of Cabinet under the most pressure as the Government prepares for the local and European elections(...)

Enda Kenny said Government plans for an  independent police authority would return pride to the Garda.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the current structure of An Garda Siochana as chaotic and said Government plans for independent police autho(...)