Peter Charleton: Mr Charleton (60) has a track record of public service. Photograph: Eric Luke

Peter Charleton, the Supreme Court judge who is to chair the inquiry into the Garda whistleblowers controversy, is known as an independent intellectua(...)

Key players in the controversy : Sgt Maruice McCabe; Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan; Taoiseach Enda Kenny; Minister for Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone

What is all this about? Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe made a number of allegations of garda malpractice, including but not limited to, the cancelling of p(...)

It can be brave and ethical for journalists to protect sources where the latter risk their lives or livelihoods in the public interest. “Protecting sources” to keep open a flow of  biased information is not the same thing. File photograph: Getty Images

However the smear against Sgt Maurice McCabe had started, by early 2014 some crime correspondents claimed to be hearing from gardaí that Sgt McCabe wa(...)

Front page photograph: The remains of Pascal Whelan are brought across the sands at low tide to Omey Island in Connemara, Co. Galway. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

1. Jeff Sessions confirmed as Donald Trump’s attorney general Alabama senator Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as the new US attorney general, despit(...)

Brendan Howlin:  The Labour leader wondered if it might not be a good idea for Nóirín O’Sullivan  to step aside or “be placed on administrative leave” for the duration of Mr Justice Peter Charleton’s investigation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s difficult to get attention when you’re only small. Toddlers are hard-wired to overcome this. They know how to throw a tantrum. Politicians fro(...)

Sgt Maurice McCabe:  A succession of resignations, claims and inquiries have followed  since his claims were first made. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ever since her appointment as Garda Commissioner in November 2014, Nóirín O’Sullivan’s stewardship has been dogged by the whistleblower issue. O’Sul(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan:  Has faced renewed calls to stand aside during  inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government will not ask Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to stand aside from her position, despite being the subject of a statutory inquiry. (...)

Papers dealing with the State’s response to the outbreak of violence in the North in 1969:  by investing in a digital archive, State departments will be able to transfer emails, business files, digital images and other electronic records to the National Archives. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Better to have a nation without her history than have history but no nation” are the words apocryphally ascribed to Ernie O’Malley as he and the othe(...)

A Nigerian family of four face immediate deportation following a Supreme Court ruling. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A Nigerian family of four face immediate deportation after failing to convince the Supreme Court that the order for their deportation was defective be(...)

Mr Justice Peter Charleton: “We look for patterns like, who is getting smaller sentences, who is getting normal sentences, who is getting higher, who is getting the worst? Then we try to put that together into a narrative.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In a Spartan conference room on the second floor of Áras Uí Dhálaigh, a modern red-brick building abutting the Four Courts complex in Dublin, a High C(...)

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