Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the Central Bank is independent under the statute covering the European System of Central Banks. Photographer: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the Central Bank of Ireland did not seek his permission to issue retention payments to staff. T(...)

Mr Justice Nial Fennelly. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two commissions of inquiry will have cost the State €7.6 million by the end of 2016, the Department of Public Expenditure has said. Secret(...)

Central Bank: has confirmed about 30 of its staff are receiving “retention payments” worth 21 per cent of their salary. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Government insisted last night that the Central Bank “must continue to operate” under the rules of the Fempi legislation that limits public sec(...)

 Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness outside Leinster House. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned of signs of a “blank cheque” for funding of forthcoming State inquiries despite the fin(...)

File photograph of gardaí on patrol.

Concerns have been raised around aspects of a comprehensive set of laws on the rights of victims of crime which come into force today. The new measure(...)

At a  meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, Jimmy Martin, assistant secretary general at the Department of Justice, said “our perception is that the judiciary didn’t view burglary as a serious offence”. File photograph: Getty Images

The Department of Justice has said there was “no question whatsoever” of one of its senior officials being made to apologise for comments that judges (...)

Josephine “Jo Jo” Dollard has been missing since 1995. In 1999, garda posters were put up seeking the public’s help in locating the Kilkenny woman. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A leading Irish dairy producer is to be asked to print a missing person’s appeal for Jo Jo Dollard on the back of its milk cartons to compel people to(...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald and acting secretary general Noel Waters, at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

New legislation is being prepared after a High Court ruling that gardaí do not have the right to enter private dwellings to arrest failed asylum seeke(...)

Nama chair  Frank Daly at Leinster House in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The National Assets Management Agency (Nama) spent just in excess of €9 million on consultancy fees during the sale process for the Project Eagle port(...)

Fine Gael’s John Deasy: “Now, €5 million is not going to solve anything, frankly, when it comes to overtime,” he said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government funding for the Garda’s new Operation Thor crime crackdown was “too small to achieve anything”, and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgeral(...)