Late Garda commissioner Eugene Crowley

The Smithwick report into the IRA killings of Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan was critical about how the late Garda commissioner Eugene C(...)

Homing pigeons are released into the sky at the launch of Ireland’s inaugural Missing Persons Day in Farmleigh House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The first Wednesday in every December is to be designated Missing Persons Day, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter announced yesterday. The Minister app(...)

“The Garda Commissioner ...needs to make sure that the culture of the gardaí is always to root out the bad apples, and to demand honesty and probity,” said Mr Varadkar. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has said the Garda leadership in the wake of the Smithwick report must adopt an approach that seeks to shine a (...)

The scene of the shooting in March 1989 of RUC officers Bob Buchanan and Harry Breen on the south Armagh border. Photograph: Pacemaker

‘An Irishman’s Diary’, written by Kevin Myers and published by The Irish Times on March 10th, 2000, helped “reignite” a debate about a Garda mole with(...)

Eamon Gilmore:  The Tánaiste said  he could not get out of his mind the image of one of these men “who when injured outside his car and waving his white handkerchief, was shot in the head by an IRA activist”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Completion of the Smithwick Tribunal will strengthen the Government’s hand with the British authorities in seeking an inquiry into the killing of Belf(...)

Smithwick’s verdict

Judge Peter Smithwick deserves enormous credit for the performance of a difficult and important service for the State. Firstly, and most importantly, (...)

An appeal by a former republican life sentence prisoner to seek bail to challenge a decision by a former Northern Ireland secretary of state to revoke his licence has been rejected by a court in London. Photograph: Getty.

An appeal by a former republican life sentence prisoner to seek bail to challenge a decision by a former Northern Ireland secretary of state to revoke(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore told the Dáil: ‘I am truly sorry for the loss and suffering that both families have endured’.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has reiterated the Government’s apology to the families of the two RUC officers killed in 1989 as they crossed the Border after(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter (left) and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan speak to reporters at Farmleigh House in Dublin today about the Smithwick report. Photograph: PAA

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said he is “horrified” by revelations from the Smithwick Tribunal that there was collusion between members of the f(...)

Judge Peter Smithwick said: “Either the IRA did have an extraordinary piece of good fortune, or Harry Breen [above] was the target of this operation. I believe that the evidence points to the latter conclusion.”

The fate of Chief Supt Harry Breen, the most senior RUC officer to be killed in the Troubles, was sealed the day he appeared on television displaying (...)

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