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The entrance to the Thornton Hall site. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Almost a decade and a half after the State bought the vast Thornton Hall site in north Co Dublin, it lies idle. But with the housing and homelessness(...)

Aidan O’Driscoll was appointed secretary-general at the Department of Justice nine months after the position became vacant.

The Department of Justice has been criticised for appointing a new secretary-general without following due process. Minister for Justice Charlie Fla(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness takes the stand at the Charleton Tribunal on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness is expected to give evidence on Monday at the Charleton Tribunal that he was told by the then Garda Commissioner Martin(...)

Former minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald and former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan disclosed confidential legal advice she had received to the then minister for justice and suggested she pu(...)

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(...)

Noel Waters: resigned this week.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

In ordinary times, the job of secretary-general of one of the largest and most powerful departments in the State should be one of the most attractive (...)

A senior official in the Department of Justice described the atmosphere in the department this week as “feverish”, “white hot” and “very difficult”.

The latest convulsions caused by the ongoing McCabe affair may further damage the Department of Justice, according to former minister for justice Derm(...)

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(...)

Noel Waters, the highest-ranking official in the justice department, will step down in February. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government has to fill another senior vacancy in the justice sector after the secretary general of the Department of Justice announced his retirem(...)

Noel  Waters pictured with former minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The secretary general of the Department of Justice, Noel Waters, is to retire from his position , it has been announced Mr Waters took over as the mo(...)

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