Documents released by the Department of Justice to the Sunday Independent last week show that civil servants briefed former minister Alan Shatter on the sensitive issue of whether or not GSOC, the garda watchdog, was obliged to tell him immediately of its concerns that it had been bugged.
WHAT will Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan do to change the present "culture and attitude" of senior gardai that Judge Peter Smithwick described last week as "disheartening and depressing"?
Choje Akong Rinpoche, who was murdered last Tuesday aged 73, was a remarkable man. He and his brother fled Tibet in 1959 under fire from Chinese troops. Yet he later persuaded China to let him back each year to help schools and other charitable projects for Tibetans. He and his brother were guests of honour at a private lunch in Aras an Uachtarain in 1998.
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