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Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan are to bring a memo to Cabinet today with wide-ranging proposals in the area of white-collar crime. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Whistleblowers will be granted immunity from prosecution if they expose financial crimes, the Government is expected to decide. Tánaiste Frances Fit(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald appointed the judge to carry out the review of the legislation  in  January after it emerged the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission had accessed the phone records of two journalists. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Department of Justice has said it cannot say precisely when a review by former chief justice Mr Justice John Murray of legislation under which the(...)

Alan Shatter: “I would hope now that the Pulse system is only ever appropriately accessed.”

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has suggested members of the Garda routinely use the Pulse database as a “social website” to obtain “gossip” (...)

Former editor of The Irish Times Conor Brady, one of Gsoc’s three commissioners from 2005 to 2011, wrote at the weekend that he authorised numerous phone record requests, as provided for by law. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has been accessing individuals’ telephone records as far back as 2011, a former commissioner has confir(...)

Gsoc comments come after Taoiseach Enda Kenny says access appropriate only in national security cases. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has defended its decision to access journalists’ phones while investigating gardaí for alleged leaks, (...)

On what grounds does the Government continue to retain data? Did  journalists hold it to account? No. On what grounds does it still provide access – which the ECJ has stated is unlawfully lax – to  the Garda, Revenue, the Defence Forces and, apparently, the GSOC?

All the hand-wringing from journalists, unions and media companies – even politicians and ministers – over the GSOC’s accessing of journalist’s call r(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed  “absolute confidence” in GSOC chairwoman  Judge Mary Ellen Ring. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his “absolute confidence” in the chairwoman of Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), Judge Mary Ellen Ring. (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  has said changing the legislation allowing GSOC to access journalists’ telephone records may be necessary to protect sources. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said changing the legislation allowing the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) to access journalists’ telephone record(...)

Last week The Irish Times revealed the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) had viewed two journalists’ phone records without the journalists’ knowledge or consent on foot of a complaint about reports on the death of model Katy French in 2007. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said it may be appropriate to change legislation which allows Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) accessing of journalists(...)

There are at least seven other inquiries under way by GSOC and the Garda into the leaking of information to the media. Photograph: The Irish Times

Some of the State’s largest media organisations are taking legal advice on how they can establish whether their journalists’ telephone records have be(...)

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