Claire Loftus, the Director of Public Prosecutions

Up until very recently, almost the entire Irish justice and law enforcement structure was headed up by women. Susan Denham, Nóirín O’Sullivan, Máire (...)

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan arrives to give evidence at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Naill Carson/PA

In the course of her evidence to the Charleton tribunal this week, Nóirín O’Sullivan expressed the view that she had been “used as a political footbal(...)

Colm Smyth  SC at the Charleton tribunal: “I have suffered personally.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The lead barrister in the team that represented Nóirín O’Sullivan at the O’Higgins commission grew heated on a few occasions when giving evidence at t(...)

Colm Smyth SC leaving the tribunal in Dublin Castle: he says he was asked by Chief State Solicitor Annmarie Ryan to come on board as counsel  two weeks before the commission was to begin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The legal team that acted for Nóirín O’Sullivan at the O’Higgins commission was briefed by officers who were “hostile “to whistleblower Sgt Maurice Mc(...)

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan declined to accept suggestions that her legal team at the O’Higgins commission had misunderstood her instructions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

At the end of her second day in the witness box at the Charleton tribunal, the impression created by former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan remai(...)

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Disclosures Tribunal  in Dublin Castle on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There’s a scene in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream where Quince, in reference to a play within the play, says: “We must have a wall in(...)

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Disclosures Tribunal  in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has claimed that deliberate and selective leaks to the media about the O’Higgins commission in 2016 were d(...)

Former Garda commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

On Tuesday, former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan faced her second day giving evidence at the Charleton tribunal. The current module of the tri(...)

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the disclosures tribunal in Dublin Castle on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What a wonderful institution – An Garda Síochána. It sounds like a wonderful place in which to work. The evidence of the former commissioner to the C(...)

Nóirín O’Sullivan at Dublin Castle on Monday. The Charleton tribunal  is investigating whether her legal team at the O’Higgins commission used a false sex abuse allegation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

One of the striking aspects of the evidence that has been heard since the Charleton tribunal began this series of hearings on January 8th, has been ho(...)

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