Gardaí criticised for 'real gaps' in training and 'crowded, confused and inefficient' oversight
An Garda Síochána suffers from a "crowded, confused and inefficient" oversight regime, the Policing Authority has warned.
An Garda Síochána suffers from a "crowded, confused and inefficient" oversight regime, the Policing Authority has warned.
A SINN Féin TD struck a secret deal with the party that allows him to draw down his entire Dáil salary of more than €90,000, we can reveal.
Elderly people have been holding back on paying for the type of care they need because of flaws in the 'Fair Deal' scheme, according to Older Persons Minister Jim Daly.
A prominent Fianna Fáil senator has confirmed his desire to contest the Presidential Election.
Senior gardaí are threatening to cause serious disruption to the promotion of middle-ranking officers as their pay dispute with the Government escalates.
The country's 45 Garda chief superintendents are today preparing to join their junior counterparts and embark on industrial action, the Irish Independent reports. We look at everything you need to know.
THE family of the only prison officer murdered in the history of the State have expressed their shock after being told historical information relating to the case has only recently been acquired by the investigation team.
The brother of a man who was killed in the Kingsmill massacre has hit out at a Sinn Féin politician's three-month suspension, saying: "He should be sacked, at the very least."
Senior Garda officers have taken the unprecedented step of industrial action in a move that has caused the public sector pay row to resurface.
It was a good 'first day at the office' for RTÉ's new 'Six One News' anchors, Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry.
A senior Sinn Féin politician who cast an extraordinary slur on the victims of the Kingsmill massacre will remain on full pay as he serves a three-month suspension.
Doctors and opposition TDs have rounded on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as it emerged the number of patients lingering on trolleys is 10pc higher...
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar expects the commitments made by the UK to move on to the next phase of Brexit talks to be "fully delivered" on in the months ahead.
A former senior government adviser has warned the leadership of the Social Democrats that the online behaviour of some of their supporters is worse than that of "Sinn Féin's keyboard warriors".
Health Minister Simon Harris has defended his handling of this year's trolley crisis.
The embattled Department of Justice is to be split in two next year but remain under the control of a single minister, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has revealed.
A Sinn Féin TD has criticised his party's leadership for failing to deal with a culture of bullying.
Members of Sinn Féin claim they have been subjected to threats and labelled "thugs", "witch" and "ratface" amid a bitter dispute that has rocked the party.
Members of the armed forces in some of the world's most volatile regions will join the thousands taking place in the GOAL Mile this Christmas.
RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan and former news anchor Anne Doyle are among the names being proposed by Fianna Fáil councillors as the party's candidate for next year's presidential election.
A local Tidy Towns organisation has been dragged into a bitter dispute between two Sinn Féin politicians, the Irish Independent has learned.
Two TDs from the same constituency printed well over 100,000 calendars between them in the run-up to the Christmas recess, Independent.ie can reveal.
Business Minister Heather Humphreys has warned there can be no repeat of the botched probe into former Anglo Irish boss Seán FitzPatrick as she detailed plans to scrap the Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE).
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has signalled the establishment of an inquiry into allegations of Garda collusion in the heroin trade.
Citizens who claim to have been defamed by TDs through the use of their Dáil privilege will have the right to redress for the first time, the Irish Independent has learned.
The Cabinet is expected to discuss plans for next year's referendum on abortion tomorrow as the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment prepares to publish its final report.
Heather Humphreys was getting ready for work in her home - located just 11 kilometres from the Border - when her mobile phone rang just after 8.30am.
Developers will no longer face the requirement to provide car parking spaces in city centre apartment blocks, as part of the Government's plan to tackle the housing crisis.
TDs are facing criticism following an extremely low turnout at a debate on homelessness.
A sense of trepidation filled the corridors of Leinster House this week. Why? Because the issue of abortion has raised its head once again - and this time it cannot be ignored.
One of the most senior civilians in An Garda Síochána has been called upon to clarify evidence he gave at an Oireachtas committee - which has since been contradicted by the Policing Authority.
A nursing home deal that will save families thousands of euro in fees is set to be introduced next year after the Government formally secured legal clearance.
The Policing Authority has slapped down An Garda Síochána over its year-long failure to produce a new policy on the use of personal Gmail accounts by senior officers, the Irish Independent can reveal.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has revealed 'Starship' was his ideal name for the new National Children's Hospital.
Starship, WT Cosgrave and Kathleen Lynn - these are some of the proposals discussed in the Dáil for the naming of the new Children’s Hospital.
THE Government is committed to introducing a new payment system for working parents, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil.
Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has published a report detailing five potential options for dealing with the future of the former Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co Galway.
A permanent successor to former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan could be appointed in six months.
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has published a report detailing five potential options for dealing with the future of the former Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is being urged to draft in a special team of civil servants to liaise with gardai embroiled in the Disclosures Tribunal, the Sunday Independent has learned.
FINE Gael is in talks with two-time GAA All-Star Alan Dillon about replacing ex-Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the party ticket.
IRISH political leaders have rowed in behind British Prime Minister Theresa May following her criticism of Donald Trump’s decision to retweet posts from a far-right group.
A Sinn Féin senator has become the latest figure to quit from the party.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney as the new Tánaiste.
Leo Varadkar's authority within the Fine Gael party has been severely damaged as a result of his handling of the Frances Fitzgerald affair.
For the Soldiers of Destiny, it was all proving a bit too much. While a small number of Fianna Fáil TDs were gunning for a Christmas election over the weekend, others wanted anything but.
THE VICE chairperson of the European Parliament has written to the body tasked with dealing with complaints of harassment after MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan branded a young female worker a “puppy”.
Outgoing Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said she is stepping down “to avoid an unwelcome and potentially destabilising general election at this historically critical time”, as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defends her ministerial record.
As the political crisis continues there is a growing disquiet in Fine Gael, with many TDs considering calling on the Taoiseach to urge Ms Fitzgerald to stand aside.
Support for Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald was ebbing away last night as colleagues predicted a swift end to her ministerial career.
Local authorities face the prospect of being stripped of millions of euro of taxpayers' money for the first time because they are failing to spend it on improved services in rural Ireland.
Irish MEP Luke 'Ming' Flanagan is facing a formal complaint after branding a female worker a "puppy" during a private meeting in Brussels last week.
IRISH MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan has found himself at the centre of a fresh controversy after he labelled a female worker a “puppy”, Independent.ie can reveal.
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has told an international broadcaster that "all is being done that can be done" to avoid a snap election as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin are meeting again today.
Irish farmers and businesses involved in the meat trade will be hit more severely by a hard Brexit than the infamous trade war between the European Union and Russia, a new report reveals.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin met in Dublin on Sunday night and sources close to the pair said "some progress was made".
A Cabinet minister has staunchly attacked Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin as the prospect of a snap general election edges closer.
Fine Gael are 'fast-tracking' selection conventions as the likelihood of a snap election increases.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party "does not want a general election" and has called on Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald to step down.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar is facing the biggest political question of his career: sack his Tánaiste or call an election.
TÁNAISTE Frances Fitzgerald is facing a motion of no confidence after Sinn Féin claimed it is now "abundantly clear" she needs to be forced from office.
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald wasn't told about an email at the centre of the latest justice crisis until a full week after it was discovered, the Irish Independent has learned.
Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe is still awaiting clarification from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar over the contents of the controversial email that has plunged the Government into crisis.
FIANNA Fáil leader Micheál Martin has called on his TDs and senators to hold fire in relation to the future of Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.
GARDA whistleblower Maurice McCabe pulled back from issuing a statement that could have ended Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald’s career last night.
TÁNAISTE Frances Fitzgerald should have been “astonished” by the aggressive approach being taken by lawyers for the Garda Commissioner at O’Higgins’ Commission, Opposition TDs have said.
TOWNS and villages will be provided with special grants of up to €4,000 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Tidy Towns competition.
Garda Headquarters has directed officers of all ranks to scrutinise their personal email accounts, handwritten notes and laptops for any material relating to Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.
First-time TD Kate O’Connell has written to Fine Gael bosses complaining about online abuse she claims to have been subjected to by a senior party figure.
Lobbying efforts went to the wire ahead of today's announcement of the host country for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Three former Sinn Féin councillors who were expelled from the party after a bitter constituency row have formed a new alliance in a bid to unseat the local Sinn Féin TD.
Independent Alliance TDs will this week hold "clear the air talks" following the double controversy involving Junior Minister John Halligan.
Irish beef along with steaks from across the EU may soon be destined for Iran following a new export deal, it has emerged.
SENIOR Garda bosses have clashed over the handling of allegations of bullying and harassment by a garda whistleblower who took leave of absence after presenting claims of major criminal wrongdoing involving officers in the Midlands.
Sinn Féin will this week debate a motion calling for an "urgent review" of its membership policies as party bosses continue to grapple with allegations of a bullying culture.
Physical attacks on mental health staff have risen by an extraordinary 1,200pc in just two years.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is not prepared "at this stage" to threaten to exercise Ireland's veto over the Brexit negotiations due to a lack of progress on the Border issue.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has enlisted the support of a network of Ireland's ambassadors as part of the Government's last-ditch effort to land the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the Irish Independent can reveal.
A major public row has erupted in Sinn Féin on the issue of the Eighth Amendment.
SINN FEIN deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has been dragged into an extraordinary bullying row involving her former driver.
THE brother of embattled Government minister John Halligan has lashed out at the decision by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to award €7,500 to a senior female civil servant who was discriminated against in a job interview.
Junior Minister John Halligan has insisted he will not resign over the sexism scandal that has thrown the Independent Alliance into turmoil.
One of Sinn Féin's most high-profile councillors has quit the party amid claims he and his family were subjected to "unfounded and untruthful allegations".
The Government has been challenged to say whether junior education minister, John Halligan, will pay the €7,500 fine levied on taxpayers because he broke anti-discrimination laws.
SINN Féin has lost another councillor to alleged bullying.
Sports Minister Shane Ross has yet to make any personal phone calls to key players to salvage Ireland's bid for the 2023 World Cup.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged to reform the State's planning system on the back of the controversy surrounding Apple's plans to open up an €850m site in Galway.
Sports Minister Shane Ross has become the latest figure to raise serious reservations about the bid by South Africa to land the Rugby World Cup.
Health Minister Simon Harris has refused to rule out introducing a system of compulsory vaccines for health workers.
Car owners who permit learner drivers to use their vehicles unaccompanied face prosecution for the first time under new measures being brought to Cabinet today.
TD Alan Kelly has come under fire from his Labour colleagues after he warned leader Brendan Howlin that he has less than six months to turn the party’s fortunes around.
Multinational giants, including Facebook, Google and Starbucks, are to be hauled before the Dáil's Spending Watchdog to discuss revelations contained in the 'Paradise Papers'.
CAR owners who permit learner drivers to use their vehicles unaccompanied could face prosecution for the first time under new measures being brought to Cabinet today.
ONE of the leading contenders to become the next Garda Commissioner has been appointed to a top post in the Garda Inspectorate.
UK politics is embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal - but could a similar controversy ever engulf Leinster House?
The row over gender pay at RTÉ resurfaced as a new report found that more than two-thirds of the broadcaster's highest-paid employees are men.
The Cabinet has held an "incorporeal meeting" in order to ensure the smooth passing of the Finance Bill - a key component of the annual budget.
A review into pay at RTÉ is today expected to show a slight discrepancy between genders working at the broadcaster.
Mayo's two most well-known politicians - Enda Kenny and Michael Ring - are being lined up for EU posts, the Irish Independent has learned.
Brexit will impact dramatically on Ireland in relation to its transport routes, a new report has found.
A worst-case scenario Brexit would cost the agri-food sector a staggering €5.5bn in lost exports, a European Union report has predicted.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are on a collision course of plans to give TDs and senators a week off.
Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny has followed in the footsteps of other world leaders by landing a lucrative career as an after-dinner speaker.
Independent MEP Luke 'Ming' Flanagan said he believed Ireland will benefit from Brexit and that the EU is a body that tries to dictate when people should use the toilet.
Luke 'Ming' Flanagan voted in tandem with far-right eurosceptics such as Nigel Farage and Marine Le Pen on the issue of the Border with Northern Ireland.
Although the date for the next general election has yet to be decided, Sinn Féin is the first party out of the traps in issuing its opening pitch for support.
The IRA gang that brutally murdered Paul Quinn is suspected of being involved in a dozen other punishment beatings North of the Border, it was claimed last night.
Sinn Féin has been accused of being more focused on preparing for direct rule from London than restoring the institutions in the North.
Pressure has intensified on the Government to urgently amend the State's pension rules, which have left thousands of women out of pocket and been the subject of days of political controversy.
The IRA gang that brutally murdered Paul Quinn are suspected of being involved in a dozen other punishment beatings, it was claimed last night.
Sinn Féin has been accused of being more focused on preparing for direct rule from London than restoring the institutions in Northern Ireland.
A senior Fianna Fáil TD has said a motion passed by the party's Ard Fheis - which rules out a future coalition with Sinn Féin - should now silence the "troublemakers" within the parliamentary party.
The organisation for private nursing homes has rejected a call to appear before the Public Accounts Committee today to answer questions about a confidential meeting where a potential boycott of the Fair Deal scheme was discussed.