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Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to bring to Cabinet a memo requesting the early signature of the Garda Síochána Bill 2015 into law. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Cabinet will consider a motion on Tuesday calling for the early signature of legislation to establish the independent policing authority. Ministe(...)

The Dáil resumes this afternoon after the summer recess with a debate on a motion of confidence in Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The three-hour debate (...)

Mary Lou McDonald at a Sinn Féin meeting in Co Meath on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin has said its planned motion of no confidence in relation to the Fennelly report related not just to the Taoiseach but “very serious question(...)

‘From reading of the report it becomes quickly apparent that Martin Callinan’s resignation should never have been dealt with by a behind-closed-doors Commission of Investigation at all. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In technical terms, the vibes were not good. A small group of the most senior figures in Irish public life gathers in Government Buildings to discuss (...)

Retired: the former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

What is the commission, and what was it investigating? In March 2014 the Government established an inquiry into the taping of phone calls at Garda sta(...)

‘All of the key decisions which led to the situation where Martin Callinan was put under this pressure to retire were made at meetings run by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.’  Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

The word “however” is often the most important utterance in any judgment. There is a big and important “however” in the middle of the key paragraph(...)

The Fennelly commission inquiry was confronted by conflicting accounts of what occurred immediately preceding the premature retirement of former Garda(...)

Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan was “removed from his office”, according to the head of the Garda Representative Association PJ Stone. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Garda Representative Association (GRA), which represents rank and file Garda members, has said it believes the former Garda commissioner Martin Ca(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Happy to debate Fennelly conclusions when Dáil resumes. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Government is prepared to respond in full to Fianna Fáil’s no confidence motion in him and Sinn Féin’s move against (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny did not force the resignation of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan but the latter felt he should consider his position, a(...)

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