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Deputy Mick Wallace at Leinster House yesterday. “Most came to the realisation that the the political row surrounding Shatter was petering out.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Alan Shatter brought a new concept to the world of Irish politics last night: the nonapology apology. After five days of controversy over(...)

 Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at at Citizenship Ceremony in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The modern era and the advent of instant communications has thrown up a number of new political rules, all conceived by another modern phenomen(...)

By most people’s standards the use of a mobile phone while driving, although deplorable, does not rank high on the Richter scale of criminality(...)

Independent Wexford TD Mick Wallace: ’unaware’ of incident referred to by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Independent TD Mick Wallace has alleged Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is seeking to ‘discredit’ him by revealing he escaped penalty points(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Opposition TDs who first highlighted the penalty points issue have rejected the Garda reports into the matter and called for an independent inquiry(...)

Gardai checking for speeding

A Garda investigation and report for the Government into the quashing of penalty points from drivers’ licences has found no evidence of Garda co(...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter: said members of An Garda Siochana had a duty to operate a penalty points and fixed ticket charge system for motoring offences that the public could have confidence in.

Minister for Justice and Defence Alan Shatter has said he expects to receive a report in coming days from Garda Headquarters following an investiga(...)

The good, the bad and the ugly side of Irish politics were in evidence over the past week. All served as a reminder that the mistakes which alm(...)

A poster of Luke “MIng” Flanagan looks down over the Roscommon town of Castlerea, the TD's home base.
Miracle for Ming

With the Dáil in the throes of its annual Cheltdown and those not interested in horses switching attention to the Habemus Papam Handicap Chase,(...)

his actions to have two separate penalty points notices quashed were “corrupt” and “stupid” but insisted he was not prepared to resign h(...)

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