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Leo Varadkar: The political crisis reveals a malaise that goes much deeper than the department of justice

The word of the week is “dysfunctional”. Leo Varadkar used it on Tuesday to describe the Department of Justice in the most brutal attack on an arm of (...)

AIB has been caught up in the controversy around offshore tax avoidance by wealthy customers following the leaking of the Paradise Papers. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

The relationship between AIB and the Appleby offshore law firm’s office in the Isle of Man is an extraordinarily intimate one. Not only do the leaked(...)

Brian Lenihan, Eileen Lemass, Charles Haughey and Gerry Collins at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It was not so much the reopening of Stepaside Garda station that suggested “stroke politics” – it was the unsubtle banners that festooned the constit(...)

There is an inherent and recognised danger with tribunals: they are both investigative body and adjudicating authority. File photograph: iStockPhoto

One of the most valuable of the freedoms found in western democracies is the right to be left alone. Across the non-western world, arbitrary interfer(...)

Mr Justice Feargus Flood, was a sitting judge of the High Court with many years experience not just as a judge but also as a barrister. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The suppression by the Planning Tribunal of material relevant to the corruption allegations made against him by the late James Gogarty remains “inexpl(...)

Joseph Murphy jnr attends the Flood tribunal at  Dublin Castle in 2000. Photograph: Pat Langan

The Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments was established in 1997, issued its last report in 2012, remains in existence, and (...)

Mr Justice Alan Mahon: has long since returned to spending most of his time in the courts. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill .

On the lines of the old football cliché, the planning tribunal was a game of two halves. The first, the years from 1997 to 2002, covered its start-u(...)

James Gogarty. Joseph Murphy jnr said that from the beginning the tribunal sought to “cosset” Mr Gogarty

New material given last year to Joseph Murphy jnr by the Planning Tribunal shows a “pattern of non-disclosure that can only have been conscious and de(...)

A file image of  Jospeh  Murphy junior  leaving the Flood Tribunal in Dublin.

The Flood Tribunal finding that Joseph Murphy junior and his father, the late Joseph Murphy, gave a bribe to former government minister Ray Burke, has(...)

Former minister Ray Burke who was questioned by the Planning tribunal. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Government has decided to establish a tribunal of inquiry into allegations that Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe was subjected to a smear ca(...)

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