Brian Purcell

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Olivia Buckley of the Irish Tax Institute: “Employees in Ireland have some of the highest effective tax bills in the world at certain salary levels.” Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography
The tax disadvantage

Despite Ireland’s much-vaunted 12.5 per cent rate of corporation tax, there is mounting anecdotal and other harder evidence to suggest that Ireland’s (...)

As Garda controversy follows Garda controversy, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is risking her own political future by  protecting  Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan resigned in 2014 after a visit at home from the then secretary general of the Department of Justice, t(...)

Fennelly Commission: the issues that Mr Justice Nial Fennelly (centre) was asked to investigate included the resignation of Garda commissioner Martin Callinan (right) after the intervention of Taoiseach Enda Kenny

What did the Fennelly Commission investigate? Emergency calls to Garda stations have been recorded for many years. However, in 2013 the authorities b(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “The contradiction means that a Taoiseach elected in 2011 with a mandate for change so huge he could have done anything, leaves having altered little.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Politics has a clear set of goals in theory but is a paradox in practice. Political language, as George Orwell noted, is “to give an appearance of sol(...)

“Brian Purcell was assured that he would keep his pension entitlements and his salary of more than €180,000”. Photograph: Frank Miller

In October 2014, the Health Service Executive created a new high-level job: head of compliance. The job is to monitor all organisations contracted to (...)

Matters linked to the Garda whistleblower controversies have been ongoing for several years. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

In 2008 Westmeath-based sergeant Maurice McCabe raised concerns with his superiors about senior gardaí quashing penalty points. Nothing was done but (...)

Reports have been given to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan who has lodged them with Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald in line with legal obligations. Photographs: The Irish Times

The Government has appointed a retired High Court judge to review four reports from within the Garda on the treatment of whistleblower Sgt Maurice McC(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: she is now long enough in the job for the problems to be of her era, not Callinan’s

Any hope in Garda headquarters that the dust was settling after a testing few years has been well and truly banished with fresh allegations from whist(...)

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald’s department has been without a secretary general, the most senior civil servant in a government department, since 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A process to appoint a permanent secretary general to the Department of Justice is expected to be under way by the end of the year. Tánaiste Frances(...)

Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter, former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan and the Department of Justice handled complaints made by whistlebl(...)

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