Sean Aylward

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The entrance to the Thornton Hall site. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Almost a decade and a half after the State bought the vast Thornton Hall site in north Co Dublin, it lies idle. But with the housing and homelessness(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick leaving court after he was found not guilty of 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act. Photograph: Courtpix

In February 2010, the then director of corporate enforcement Paul Appleby drafted a memo on how the criminal investigations into Anglo Irish Bank and (...)

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick (68) has pleaded not guilty to 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) changed the way it conducts criminal investigations after the 2015 trial of the former chai(...)

Sean Aylward:  lobbied for Honorable Society of King’s Inns

There has been some private wailing and gnashing of teeth from some professional lobbyists in Ireland, following last week’s bursting into life of the(...)

The Government has recently agreed to establish an independent Garda authority, which would take on oversight of the force. photograph: eric luke

The Department of Justice is “utterly isolated” from Garda Headquarters. It rarely seeks specific information from senior gardaí, but when it does ask(...)

 Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter with Brian Purcell. Photograph: Frank Miller

Though his name was not widely known beyond political, media and security circles until being thrust into the middle of the Garda eavesdropping(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter recently said, in response to parliamentary questions,  direct provision meets Ireland’s international and European humanitarian obligations. Photograph: David Sleator

T here has been a significant reduction in the number of people arriving in Ireland and claiming refugee status. The figure has gone from a high of mo(...)

Seán Aylward

The former secretary general of the Department of Justice, Seán Aylward, has resigned as Ireland’s representative on a key European anti-torture body (...)

The Home Economics class at St Patrick’s Institution. Some prisoners were found to have stale food in freezing cells with dirty bed linen.

The Government has been forced into closing St Patrick’s Institution for Young Offenders after a series of surprise visits to the jail by Inspector of(...)