Lynn Margiotta calls for full inquiry into sick notes case

The civilian Garda employee who was prosecuted over sick notes has called for a full inquiry into how she and her GP brother were investigated and brought to court. ...

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PAC member wants Harris to clarify he gave evidence about Margiotta case

A member of the Oireachtas Public Accounts (PAC) committee is seeking to have Garda Commissioner Drew Harris clarify evidence he gave to the committee about the ...

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Garda boss Harris risks walking into a seamy mess over civilian prosecution case

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris was questioned on the Margiotta case that collapsed at trial earlier this year. His answers to the PAC left a lot to be desired, writes ...

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Garda Commissioner’s evidence over prosecution of civilian employee raises questions

The evidence of Garda Commissioner Drew Harris before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) earlier this month about the controversial prosecution of a civilian Garda ...

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Hard on crime, without any hard facts

The high cost of locking up low-level criminals for long periods began to bite, writes Michael Clifford.

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Delay in releasing key report in ‘sick notes’ case

A vital piece of evidence in the controversial prosecution of a Garda employee and her GP brother was not given to the defendants when they were being offered the ...

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Eco warrior has impeccable green credentials

Michael Clifford joins Grace O’Sullivan, the Green Party candidate for Ireland South in the upcoming European elections, as she takes to the campaign trail ...

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We’re not properly planning for the future

One-off housing is not a big issue in relation to climate change but it is arguably a contributor to the rapid decline in the fortunes of rural Ireland, writes Michael ...

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Margiotta calls for inquiry into prosecution of siblings

The Policing Authority has received an extensive list of questions from GP Tony Margiotta following the collapse of the prosecution against him and his sister, Lynn, ...

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Garda plays with power in ‘sick notes’ case

A trial collapsed as civilian Garda employee Lynn Margiotta’s rights had been breached. Now she and her brother want answers, says Special Correspondent Michael ...

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Who wins when we invest in sport?

A cynic, according to Oscar Wilde’s Lord Darlington, is “a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing”.

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GAA club returns 15-fold investment locally: study

A groundbreaking study of a leading GAA club has found that for every euro invested into it there is an equivalent benefit of €15 in social value for the community. ...

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Moral authority lost in GRA’s sea of demands

Budget issues, bullying complaints, leadership dysfunction — the GRA makes a lot of noise at its conference but it needs to take charge of its own, writes ...

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Whistleblower McCabe settles legal actions

Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe has settled his legal action against the State, the HSE and Tusla for an undisclosed sum.

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Justice for the man who took on the law

Maurice McCabe has settled his claim against the State, but denial of events by some should act as a warning that there could be another case like his, says Michael ...

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Maurice McCabe settles legal action against State and Tusla for undisclosed sum

Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe has settled his legal action against the State and Tusla for an undisclosed sum.

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Minister expresses ‘grave concern’ over prison deaths in internal correspondence

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has expressed “grave concern” at the handling of deaths in prisons, according to internal prison service correspondence ...

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Family of man who died in prison distressed over two aspects of case

Does David Blackwell’s death point to a bigger issue around deaths in Irish prisons, asks Special Correspondent Michael Clifford

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Garda still a force to be reckoned with

The corporate world is full of gobbledygook — but a few useful phrases emerge from the swamp of verbiage. One goes like this: “Culture eats strategy ...

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Call for inquiry into Garda sick notes probe

The solicitor for a civilian Garda employee who was the subject of a criminal investigation over the production of sick notes at work has called for a “full ...

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Disturbing questions arise in case against civilian member of gardaí over sick certs

Many curious features exist in the investigation of Lynn Margiotta for suspected fraud in connection with how she obtained medical certs for days she was absent ...

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A new generation of invisible children

Seán O’Sullivan and his wife Tish Durcan left Ireland in July 2015 bound for their native USA.

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No blows landed as Delaney keeps schtum

They came to disrobe the emperor. They wanted to see the whites of his eyes, how he would manage under their steely gaze.

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Residents in the dark over fire safety costs

Homeowners in a west Dublin apartment complex expressed frustration yesterday that, nearly two years after major fire safety defects were discovered, they have not ...

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Quinn shouldn’t have cast himself as victim

In April 2007, at the height of the madness, I felt the wrath of one of the most powerful figures in the country at the time.

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‘Unauthorised’ wind farm told to cease operations

A wind farm which was not built according to planning permission has been issued with an enforcement notice to cease operations.

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Wind farm regulation cannot just be hot air

Enforcement proceedings against Barnafaddock Wind Farm raise serious questions around planning, the law and national policy on wind energy, writes Michael Clifford

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McGrath’s politics are no laughing matter

Independent Alliance TDs often operate as though they are not part of the Government, even though they are at the heart of it, writes Special Correspondent Michael ...

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€50k bill to make 2001 homes fire safe

Homeowners in a complex where fire safety deficiencies have been discovered will have to pay up to €50,000 per home for remedial work, the Irish Examiner has ...

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Man sabotaged toll to highlight fire concerns

Tony Rochford was at the end of his tether when he climbed the toll gantry on the M50 and cut wires on the system. It was 9.30pm on June 16, 2017.

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Lives at risk due to fire safety failures and building boom’s self-regulation regime

A fire broke out in an apartment complex and two people lost their lives. The building may not have been constructed properly but this wasn’t explored. Special ...

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Tusla to retain file on boy, 7, cleared of ‘sex abuse’

A seven-year-old boy, against whom an allegation of sexual abuse was made to Tusla, is to have a file on him retained on record in the child and family agency despite ...

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Self-interest put above the common good

The hardy monks used to winter in Ballinskelligs. They’d come in from the Rock as the weather turned nasty at the darkest time of year. And then, when the ...

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TUSLA: Playing a dangerous game with children’s lives

The parents of a seven-year-old boy against whom an unfounded allegation of sex abuse was made claim that the way the school principal over-reacted, and Tusla’s ...

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Drones sent in to survey impact of seagull infestation

An infestation of seagulls in three towns has forced the local council to conduct a survey of nests and eggs using drones.

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The coastal town fighting back against a seagull infestation

Balbriggan is suffering from a serious seagull problem but residents are fighting back, writes Michael Clifford.

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The high cost of just staying alive

If you want to survive, you better be in a position where you can raise funds pronto, writes Michael Clifford.

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Follow the children’s lead on climate

“I don’t know how to want less,” is one of the more arresting lines from the excellent play, The Children, written by Lucy Kirkwood and currently ...

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Delaney’s history of generosity

There has been some consternation since the story broke in The Sunday Times that John Delaney had given a €100,000 loan to the Football Association of Ireland ...

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Who will put our house(s) in order?

DON’T you just love those ads on TV that fill you with that warm, fuzzy feeling about life and love? The ones in which the camera follows individuals, couples, ...

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Eirgrid: Poles apart in power game

Every morning, soon after 6am, they gather in the caravan, writes Michael Clifford. They have a rota, sorting out who can come on which mornings. As the dawn breaks ...

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A United Ireland could be very divided

What would a United Ireland look like? Would it mean the end of the Irish language? Would we see King Billy’s Day competing with dear old St Patrick?

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Apartment owners face €4m bill over fire safety defects

Homeowners in a Co Clare development in which major fire safety defects were found last year have been told they will have to pay €4m to remedy them. That figure ...

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Bitter irony for O’Brien if INM has to stump up over privacy breach

Denis O’Brien can feel the pain of the Isle of Man 19. Both he and the 19 individuals had their privacy breached.

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'I have the peace of mind I longed for': Philomena Canning 'vindicated' by HSE settlement

Terminally ill midwife Philomena Canning has said she feels vindicated after her legal action against the HSE was settled over the weekend.

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Is Tusla defending itself or our children?

There is something unsettling about the growing tiff between the child and family agency, Tusla, and Scouting Ireland.

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Midwife wants HSE settlement linked to life-prolonging drug

The HSE has offered to settle a legal action being taken by terminally-ill midwife Philomena Canning, but she has insisted that the settlement be linked to access ...

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Uncomfortable parallels with Brigid McCole case must unsettle Fine Gael

Two words that haunted Fine Gael for many years were uttered in the Dáil yesterday by Solidary TD Ruth Coppinger. Brigid McCole

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GSOC drops criminal investigation into Assistant Garda Commissioner Fintan Fanning

Assistant Garda Commissioner Fintan Fanning had his suspension lifted tonight after GSOC contacted him to say that he was no longer the subject of a criminal investigation. ...

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Stop treating people as enemies of State

The State uses money to play the courts within an inch of a judge’s patience, writes Michael Clifford

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