Police form a human barrier against protesters in downtown Los Angeles. Photograph: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The United States should use the reform process An Garda Síochána has undergone as a template for rebuilding its police forces in the wake of the imp(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton stands next to Seamus Mallon along with former Northern Ireland first minister David Trimble and one time British prime minister Tony Blair in September 1998. Photograph: Paul/Faith/Pacemaker Press

I first met Seamus Mallon in the late ’70s in London, where he had come to lobby the Labour Party, at that time dependent for its House of Commons maj(...)

Chris Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes, being interviewed by  Harry McGee at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Standing under the tower clock in the chilly quadrangle of National University of Ireland, Galway, Chris Patten is being buffeted by two storms. The f(...)

In 1992, victims felt unable to call the police, particularly in nationalist or republican communities. Often, police did not respond when they were called, fearing that they were being lured into ambushes.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The use of firearms in domestic abuse cases in Northern Ireland has virtually disappeared following ceasefires and decommissioning, according to a maj(...)

The reform of An Garda Síochána in the years ahead will not be on the same scale as the RUC’s transition to the PSNI, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris h(...)

Described as “a coppers’ copper”, new Garda Commissioner Drew Harris will have to smash the psychological barriers that exist between management and lower ranks if he is to deliver the changes that are necessary. Photograph: Garda/PA Wire

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris made a good start by taking his oath of office in a busy Dublin police station and by promising greater accountability (...)

Sources in Northern Ireland have praised the positive contribution made by incoming Garda commissioner Drew Harris in the transformation of the RUC into an impartial police force that is now supported by the nationalist community. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The selection of PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris as the best candidate to lead a reform programme within the Garda Síochána came as a shock to(...)

Former GAA presidents  Seán McCague and Joe Mc Donagh.  Photograph: David Sleator

The various commemorations and reflections on the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement are a reminder that it also had an impact on the GAA at th(...)

Rev Harold Good walks in front of Dr Maurice Hayes’s coffin as its carried from St Patrick’s Church, Downpatrick, Co Down. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Amanda Ferguson in Downpatrick Former senator Dr Maurice Hayes has been remembered as “diamond standard” and a “stalwart man of Down” who believed in(...)

Kathleen O’Toole, the chairman of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, has said that she believes Garda reform will not be achieved by one person. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kathleen O’Toole, the chairman of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, has said she believes Garda reform will not be achieved by one (...)

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