Charlie Flanagan

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Labour Party Senator Aodhán Ó Riordáin called for a task force to tackle crime in Dublin’s north side. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

A Dublin northside crime task force must be established like the Mulvey commission in the north inner city after a spate of murders in the area, accor(...)

The Judicial Appointments Bill has lapsed after an 18-month  a filibuster coordinated by Independent Senator Michael McDowell. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

After its circuitous passage through the Oireachtas, the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill – a piece of draft legislation so riven by internal con(...)

Senator Michael McDowell had repeatedly called elements of the  legislation unconstitutional. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The lapsing of the controversial judicial appointments Bill with the dissolution of the Dáil has been welcomed by members of the judiciary and politic(...)

RIC men on platform at an unidentified station. The idea of an uncontentious commemoration of the RIC was always an impossibility

John William Nixon was a career policeman. A native of Cavan, he joined the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1899, at the age of 22. Nixon served in Donega(...)

Members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC)  in Waterford in 1917. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan was forced to postpone a  commemoration for the RIC and the Dublin Metropolitan Police.   Photograph: A. H. Poole Collection

Before a decade of commemorations began in 2012 of the years around the creation of the State, then taoiseach Enda Kenny was only too well aware that (...)

RIC men on wait on an unidentified  station platform.

What is this week’s commemoration controversy about? The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan had proposed to host a commemoration service for member(...)

Even at the time the Black and Tans and Auxiliaries were an embarrassment. Photograph: Bettmann Archive

The furore over the proposed commemoration for the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) is a reminder of that old adage(...)

Eamon Ó’ Cuív, a member of the all-party advisory committee on commemorations, pictured with Fianna Fáil party leader (left) Micheál Martin. File image: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The proposed commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) will not go ahead as planned if Fianna Fáil(...)

Retired garda Jim Herlihy of the  Historical and Reconciliation Police (Harp) Society: ‘It was absolutely vitriolic from the keyboard warriors.’  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It has been a rough few days for retired garda Jim Herlihy, the public face of the Historical and Reconciliation Police (Harp) Society. Not only was (...)

 Black & Tans guarding Dublin street after a shooting on Gloucester Road.

The Irish rebel song Come Out Ye Black And Tans has topped the iTunes charts in the UK and Ireland, following a row over a planned commemoration of th(...)

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