Kieran Boylan

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Nicky Kelly after he was freed from prison in 1984. Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

The Garda has been dogged by controversy and scandal over the last number of years in particular. However, controversy has not ever been far from the (...)

Martin Callinan with Alan Shatter: on March 25th, 2014, the garda commissioner retired with no notice for “family reasons”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Fine Gael-Labour Coalition has been forced to endure repeated policing crises since coming to office. A minister for justice has gone, a Garda com(...)

Simon O’Brien: will relocate home to England to take up a bigger job. Photograph: Eric Luke.

A very public clash with outgoing GSOC chairman Simon O’Brien last February began a short and brutish period for then Garda commissioner Martin Callin(...)

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission chairman Simon O’Brien will step down from his position at the end of January. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Head of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc), Simon O’Brien has announced his resignation despite two years remaining on his contract.The As(...)

Changing the Garda culture

There has been some improvement since the Morris tribunal exposed Garda corruption in Donegal a decade ago. But a great deal remains the same: (...)

Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter TD and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan in conversation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is unlikely that the review by former High Court judge John Cooke of the alleged bugging of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) w(...)

GSOC commissioners Simon O’Brien (left)  and Kieran Fitzgerald  arriving for the Public Service Oversight Committee meeting at the Oireachtas in Leinster House.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The irish Times

Sunday February 9th (...)

If Martin Callinan, the Garda Commissioner, believed a criminal offence had been perpetrated within the offices of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman(...)

The Garda Ombudsman Commission Office on Dublin’s Upper Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Photograph: Collins.

Various Government figures said earlier that they hope to draw a line under the controversy surrounding alleged surveillance of the Garda Síoch(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said the events of the past 10 days since allegations of bugging at the GSOC’s Dublin offices surfaced in newspaper reports underlined the need to strengthen the commission’s hand and for an independent inquiry into the confusion that has arisen.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s commitment to “review” the workings of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has been m(...)

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