The Inspector of Prisons has been asked to carry out an urgent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the recording of telephone conversations between prisoners and their solicitors.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has asked the Inspector of Prisons to carry out an urgent investigation into the circumstances surrounding th(...)

Legal sources have said that even if tapes had aided investigations, once their contents had not been used as evidence in court, convictions would probably be safe.  Photograph: Frank Miller /THE IRISH TIMES

The level of shock in Government circles at “revelations” that gardaí were engaged in widespread taping of phone calls wears thin when one revi(...)

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter: an overarching argument brought into sharp focus in the public spats between the GSOC and the whistleblowers on one side and Mr Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan on the other. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

In the late 1990s, when a modest reform of the Garda Complaints Board was being mooted, then minister for justice John O’Donoghue took seriousl(...)

Enda Kenny told the Dáil he had asked senior counsel to report to him before Easter. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore agreed shortly after receiving a dossier from Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin last week that an i(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at the Oireachtas  Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions hearing. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Alan Shatter has had the good fortune to be Minister for Justice at a time of sustained falls in reported crime. Prison overcrowding has(...)

Ten days of damaging controversy have shown that legislative arrangements designed to deliver effective oversight and accountability of the Gar(...)

“One has to wonder whether Garda accountability is in crisis.” Gardaí at a passing out parade at the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The public disclosure that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) had concerns that surveillance had been conducted on its office has p(...)

Former London Met officer Simon O’Brien was appointed chairman of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke

The report compiled for the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) by a UK firm specialising in counter-surveillance quite clearly contain(...)

 Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan  speaking about the Smithwick report yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

The report of the Smithwick Tribunal could be dismissed as the shining of a light on a Garda culture that has long since passed. However, Judge Smithw(...)

Judge Peter Smithwick: ‘It is particularly regrettable that both police services acted swiftly to dismiss speculation of the possibility of collusion rather than to deal with that by means of a thorough and credible investigation.’ Picture: Matt Kavanagh

Confidence in the Garda can be maintained only if “political expediency” and a culture of “failing adequately to address suggestions of wrongdoing” is(...)

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