Jim O Callaghan

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Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan acknowledged  there had been a catalogue of failures including the failure to act to implement the sanctions for breach of bail. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has not ruled out a commission of investigation into the circumstances leading up to the death of a cyclist in 2011, knocked down by a (...)

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting at Bray Boxing Club in  Co Wicklow on Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Fianna Fáil is preparing to increase pressure on the Government on the issue of crime, with the party preparing to make it central to the next general(...)

Jenny Attridge, from Bantry, Co Cork,  arriving for the  ‘Dublin Welcomes Home the Magdalenes’ event  at the Mansion House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The State failed in its duty of care to the women who were incarcerated in Magdalene Laundries, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said. Speak(...)

After various amendments it transpired that the Dáil appointed 16 people to a 13-member commission. File photograph: The Irish Times

The controversial legislation changing the way judges are appointed has been passed by the Dáil and now goes to the Seanad. The Judicial Appointment(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris is assessing if services provided under the Maternity and Infant Scheme can be expanded to women who may require an abortion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is considering covering the cost of care for women seeking a termination of their pregnancy. Minister for Health Simon Harris is asses(...)

Lucia O’Farrell, mother of Shane O’Farrell (second from right),  appealing for an inquiry into the circumstances leading up to her son’s death.  Photograph: Mark Hilliard / The Irish Times

The family of a hit-and-run victim killed by a man they say should have been in prison at the time has attracted widespread political support for a pu(...)

Micheál Martin at Dublin Castle for the referendum results on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The high level of support for repealing the Eighth Amendment across the country won’t impact on Fianna Fáil’s chances in the next general election des(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin and Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee chat to Gerry Quinlan and his wife Louise on a canvass in  south Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Micheál Martin is on the first of his three canvasses a week. It has developed into something of a mid-week ritual for the Fianna Fáil leader. He has(...)

“I’m not going to apologise to a former stockbroker for the fact that I’m a barrister,” Jim O’Callaghan told Shane Ross. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Transport Shane Ross and Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan crossed swords in a Dáil spat over controversial legislation to re(...)

The vast majority of the approximately 350 life-sentence prisoners in Ireland are there for murder, and can only be released by the Minister for Justice on the advice of the Parole Board.  File photograph: Getty Images

The Government is to set a new effective minimum sentence of 12 years for murder as part of its plan to reform the parole system. The 12-year provisi(...)

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