Ian Drennan, director of corporate enforcement: Non-Garda professionals working for the ODCE cannot attend interviews conducted by gardaí with suspects in company law crimes under current rules. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Forensic accountants and other experts could sit in on Garda interviews during white-collar crime investigations, if recommendations from an Oireachta(...)

There is a growing concern within the Garda that the force was being swamped by the workload related to economic crimes, especially those with an online dimension. Photograph: iStock

Significant new powers are being considered for An Garda Síochána to tackle white collar and other economic crimes, including new search warrants for (...)

The only one who seemed well-prepared and asked a succession of erudite, intelligent questions – and who seemed genuinely interested in the answers – was Sinn Féin senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (pictured, with microphone, in 2017). Photograph: Alan Betson

Business journalists don’t get out that much. We tend to be kept locked in the basement to crunch numbers and write about profits and bonds. If we’re (...)

The proposed new Corporate Enforcement Authority will be able to decide its own staffing needs and hire specialists such as forensic accountants

The State’s proposed new white-collar crime agency, the Corporate Enforcement Authority, will have beefed-up powers of search and entry, allowing it t(...)

An account of the collapse of the trial is being reviewed by the Cabinet and is likely to be published later today by the Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Government is to strengthen the agency that oversees company law and investigates white collar crime, in part in response to the collapse of the t(...)