Alan Shatter

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Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Collins Courts.

The Data Protection Commissioner is considering whether to appeal a successful challenge by former minister for justice Alan Shatter of the commission(...)

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe Garda at the Charleton tribunal. Photograph: Alan Betson

The only thanks you’ll get is abuse. It’s the warning that rings in the heads of troublesome people. It is a highly effective adage for those in power(...)

Gardaí operating a speed camera as part of a penalty points for speeding operation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The latest report on the cancellation of penalty points by gardaí appears to bring the matter to a close. The problem was perhaps not as widespread a(...)

Josepha Madigan with her husband Finbar Hayes and sons Luke and Daniel ahead of the first meeting of the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Josepha Madigan has been appointed as the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. She replaces Heather Humphrey(...)

Outgoing secretary general of the Department of Justice Noel Waters: the sixth senior office holder to depart. Photograph: Eric Luke

The resignations and retirements so far: Alan Shatter: The former TD resigned as minister for justice in May 2014 after the publication of a report(...)

The resignation of Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald takes a pre-Christmas election off the table, but it also sets the clock ticking on the Government’s lifespan and raises serious questions for the Department of Justice and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As of last weekend, the Garda whistleblower scandal had claimed a taoiseach, a minister for justice, two Garda commissioners, a secretary general at t(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: many backbench TDs are angry at what they see as a drawn-out controversy which angered the public and raised the vista of a pre-Christmas election.  Photograph: Press Association

Fine Gael backbenchers are keeping a low profile in the aftermath of the controversy leading to Frances Fitzgerald’s resignation. Those angry with T(...)

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. As minister for justice she made it clear that the Garda’s difficulties required action from the force itself.

Frances Fitzgerald has risen to the second-highest Government office in Ireland during a career that has seen both triumph and defeat in liberal measu(...)

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “Leo is not looking at this through the usual political lens,” said a senior Fine Gael politician. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Unless a solution to the current political impasse is found within the next 24 hours or so, there will be a general election before Christmas, probabl(...)

Tánaiste and former minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald: Both Micheál Martin and Mary Lou McDonald excoriated the Taoiseach and his beleaguered Minister for changing timelines and details as information evolved. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So the guards were assembling a rocket which they were going to place under a troublesome subordinate disrupting their cosy existence. The former min(...)

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