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Pope Francis is seen on a large screen as he speaks during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Seven Irish Columban priests will be among 124 Catholic missionaries who will be beatified by Pope Francis next Saturday during his visit to South Kor(...)

The triumvirate of Minister for Justice, departmental secretary general and the Garda Commissioner is the power axis. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government’s intention to appoint a commission of investigation into – among other things – allegations regarding “ongoing legal proceeding(...)

 File image of a speed  camera mounted on the Stillorgan Road in Dublin. Former chief superintendent John O’Brien has said the biggest issues he identified in the penalty points system were problems in serving summonses to motorists who ignored initial demands to pay fines and take their  points. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The former head of the Garda Traffic Corps who went on to work for the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, John O’Brien, has said a report he (...)

João Almino: ‘Brazilian-ness is something that appears as a result of the writing process, not at the beginning of the process. If it’s at the beginning, it will put the writer in a straitjacket.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘We buy Brazil’s clothes, we admire its football, we dance to its beats, but the dream-life of the nation – something contemporary fiction creates (...)

Chief Supt Harry Breen was murdered in 1989. Photograph: Pacemaker

A solicitor for the family of an RUC officer whose murder was found by the Smithwick Tribunal to be linked to Garda collusion with the IRA has launche(...)

The challenge made to the central findings of the Smithwick Tribunal by former gardaí John O’Brien, Michael Finnegan and Michael Staunton in this news(...)

When Judge Peter Smithwick in December published his tribunal finding that he was “satisfied there was collusion in the murders” of RUC Chief Supt Har(...)

Retired Garda Michael Staunton.

Michael Staunton A member of the Garda Síochána since 1967, he served initially in Ardee and Drogheda before transferring to the Border in 1975 where (...)

 Mr Justice Peter Smithwick:  Three former senior gardaí believe the Smithwick Tribunal did not place enough emphasis on the evidence of former members of the Provisional IRA who met the tribunal and outlined how they had planned the killings without, they claimed, assistance from any Garda members.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Three former senior gardaí have published a comprehensive evaluation of the Smithwick Tribunal’s conclusions, challenging its key finding of collusion(...)

Judge Peter Smithwick arriving at the tribunal. Three former senior Garda officers say the finding of Garda collusion  damages relations between the Garda and PSNI and undermines the State’s ability to actively pursue substantial acts of collusion during the Troubles.

The failure of the Smithwick Tribunal to undertake a basic reconstruction of the murders of the two RUC officers it investigated meant it missed a vit(...)

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