Judge  Peter Charleton attends a Charleton tribunal  event at   Dublin Castle in February 2017. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Charleton tribunal has appointed two investigators to assist it in its work, and is to present a preliminary report to the clerk of the Dáil by no(...)

Denis O’Brien objected that the constitutional provision  gives an enormous power which may be abused. Photograph: Collins Courts

Denis O’Brien’s most recent High Court case concerned Dáil statements made after he had obtained injunctions ordering RTÉ not to publish the very info(...)

Four media organisations made applications for representation to Mr Justice Peter Charleton. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The potential of the Charleton Tribunal to create difficulties for journalists, and vice versa, was very evident at its second sitting on Thursday. T(...)

Mr Justice Peter Charleton said the “whole notion of conflicts of interest is something we perhaps take an exaggerated view of”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lawyers for Garda whistleblowers have expressed “deep concern” that the same legal team is to represent Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and forme(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. The  findings in a new ‘Irish Times’ poll will increase pressure on Ms O’Sullivan. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For the full results of the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, click here. More than 70 per cent of voters believe Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sulli(...)

“Brian Purcell was assured that he would keep his pension entitlements and his salary of more than €180,000”. Photograph: Frank Miller

In October 2014, the Health Service Executive created a new high-level job: head of compliance. The job is to monitor all organisations contracted to (...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone outside Leinster House this week. Photograph: Eric Luke

Just imagine that in some alternative universe, a woman with a doctorate in education and religious studies was also a Catholic bishop. She is sitting(...)

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe at Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was barely 6am when Katherine Zappone’s phone began flashing and buzzing with the incoming call. The first light before dawn was still nearly an ho(...)

The Policing Authority does not displace the government or Department of Justice in Garda governance to any significant degree. It is a pale shadow of the old police authorities in England and Wales and the current Policing Board in Northern Ireland

There is a dark side to the Garda Síochána. For the most part it is obscured by the excellent service given by many gardaí daily up and down the count(...)

Sgt Maurice McCabe:  favours a tribunal of inquiry over a commission of investigation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It seemed to be an obvious decision: Sgt Maurice McCabe and his family said that the inquiry had to be in the form of a tribunal of inquiry rather tha(...)

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