The Government has recently agreed to establish an independent Garda authority, which would take on oversight of the force. photograph: eric luke

The Department of Justice is “utterly isolated” from Garda Headquarters. It rarely seeks specific information from senior gardaí, but when it does ask(...)

Legal sources have said that even if tapes had aided investigations, once their contents had not been used as evidence in court, convictions would probably be safe.  Photograph: Frank Miller /THE IRISH TIMES

The level of shock in Government circles at “revelations” that gardaí were engaged in widespread taping of phone calls wears thin when one revi(...)

 Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan  speaking about the Smithwick report yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

The report of the Smithwick Tribunal could be dismissed as the shining of a light on a Garda culture that has long since passed. However, Judge Smithw(...)