Under the new structure, the 14,500-strong Garda force will consist of up to 2,210 sergeants and 482 inspectors. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins

The Public Appointments Service is to take over the management of the majority of promotions within the Garda, paving the way for hundreds of promotio(...)

Fine Gael  challenged Sinn Féin’s  Senator Lynn Boylan to commit to voting for the Special Criminal Court’s renewal. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

A fresh political row has broken out over the Special Criminal Court as Government TDs accused Sinn Féin of staging a “walk out” ahead of the Dáil vot(...)

The Garda Síochána (Powers) Bill will create the specific new criminal offence of password refusal. Photograph: iStock

A person who refuses to surrender a password for a mobile phone or other device to gardaí will be committing a crime and could face up to five years i(...)

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee: “It’s really important women see other women in roles and positions being able to take maternity leave, being able to return to their jobs . . .” Photograph:  Tom Honan

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has said arrangements for her maternity leave, which began on Tuesday, are a “sticking plaster” until a more perman(...)

The Bill is implementing the recommendations of the 2018 Commission on the Future of Policing which found existing oversight organisations had emerged haphazardly and in response to various policing crises.  Photograph: Getty Images

The Policing, Security and Community Safety Bill, which was approved by Cabinet on Tuesday, will be the most ambitious programme of Garda reform in de(...)

 The Oireachtas committee heard the Reserve Defence Forces had about 1,500 personnel compared with about 4,000 in the 1990s. File photograph: Alan Betson

The contentious issue of rates of pay, allowances and overtime for Defence Forces personnel, would not be considered by the Commission on the Defence (...)

The appointments follow the retirement of former members Dr Kieran FitzGerald and Patrick Sullivan and will last for three-and-a-half years. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Dáil has approved the nomination to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSoc) of former chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equa(...)

Members of the Defence Forces pass the GPO during a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cabinet is expected to approve the terms of reference within weeks for a wide-ranging examination of the future of the Defence Forces. The Commission(...)

Almost a decade and a half on from the established of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc), the Garda complaints body still enjoys an uneasy relationship with the Garda. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Almost a decade and a half on from the establishment of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc), the Garda complaints body still enjoys an unea(...)

Gardaí patrolling a quiet Henry Street in Dublin on Easter Sunday. Despite isolated incidents, public compliance with draconian Covid-19 legislation remains extremely high. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Irish cholera outbreak of 1832 can teach us a lot about the current coronavirus pandemic. Like today, the crisis saw a desperate search for quick (...)

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