Replying to questions from members of the Oireachtas justice committee on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Insp Mark Toland of the Garda Inspectorate said: “We are saying the time is right now. They have the people in place; they have the senior management team.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The time for root-and-branch reforms of the Garda Síochána led by Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is “right now”, the Garda Inspectorate has told TDs a(...)

Willie Penrose:  ‘I have heard too many stories of suicide and attempted suicide, often for extraordinarily small sums.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Government backbencher has claimed there is a failure to deal with “unresolved legacy debt”. Labour TD Willie Penrose said the bucket of debt “has (...)

Frances Fitzgerald: bill has delivered on Government’s commitment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill  Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

A Bill to create a single procedure for asylum applications has failed to incorporate a single amendment recommended by the working group established (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny : proper flood relief schemes took time to plan and implement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government will look at the UK’s flood insurance scheme, but Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was not sure it was as successful as predicted. He al(...)

 Labour Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Ciara Conway,  who spoke in favour of the Sinn Féin proposal, were absent for the vote. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

The Government last night rejected a Sinn Féin motion calling for the State to grant ethnic minority status to Travellers by 58 to 39 votes. Labour M(...)

Aodháin Ó Riordáin: everyone in the Dáil should stand by truth and “the truth is that the Travelling community in this State in this Republic are a distinct ethnic group” and they deserved recognition. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Dáil will vote on Wednesday on a Sinn Féin motion calling on the State to recognise Travellers as an ethnic group. Minister of State for Equality (...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has said it does not accept the findings of two reports published this week on republican and loyalist paramilitary groups. A British govern(...)

Enda Kenny: “This is  a very sensitive issue . . . I hope the matter can be dealt with today.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council should have contacted residents of a south Dublin housing estate before deciding to (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said prolific burglars were repeatedly granted bail. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Repeat burglars could be refused bail under legislation introduced by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Ms Fitzgerald told the Dáil a large pr(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “I would reiterate that the overall objective of the Government’s programme of justice reform...is to bring forward necessary changes to improve policing services in the State and to maintain public confidence in the Garda Síochána’’

The establishment of an independent policing authority will deliver “a sea change’’ in Garda oversight, the Minister for Justice has told the Dáil. Fr(...)

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