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As regards the question of making major appointments, when Mr Reynolds, as caretaker, in 1994, filled two casual vacancies in the Seanad and appointed an Irish consul in Pakistan.Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

One of the few things, which does seem relatively certain amidst the encircling gloom of uncertainty is that, come Thursday evening, we shall have a c(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has insisted Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy should have been tried for tax offences before a jury. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin’s reaction to the trial of prominent republican Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy over tax offences taking place at the non-jury Special Criminal Court i(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Implementation of constitutional change provided for by referendums should not be unduly delayed, former minister for justice Alan Shatter said. “It (...)

Triumph for the Law Society: Solicitors receiving their parchments last year.

The Legal Services Regulation Bill, now before the Seanad, is unlikely to reduce lawyers’ fees as it does nothing to make competition more effective. (...)

Developer Johnny Ronan and former minister for justice Alan Shatter.

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has repeated his call for property developer Johnny Ronan to apologise for and withdraw an “inappropriate” ap(...)

‘From reading of the report it becomes quickly apparent that Martin Callinan’s resignation should never have been dealt with by a behind-closed-doors Commission of Investigation at all. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In technical terms, the vibes were not good. A small group of the most senior figures in Irish public life gathers in Government Buildings to discuss (...)

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(...)

Former secretary general of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell left post after Callinan controversy.  File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gone from his former post as secretary general of the Department of Justice since July of last year, Brian Purcell was moved to the new position as he(...)

Alan Shatter: “The High Court decision was delivered today and I wish to read the judgment and reflect upon it.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has said he will “reflect” on a High Court ruling which dismissed his challenge of the Guerin report. The Co(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has criticised the No campaign in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum, claiming that they are using children as weapons.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has entered the debate on the same-sex marriage referendum, claiming children are being used as “weapons” by(...)

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