I read with surprise Bruce Arnold’s article (’A mistaken venture into major change’, Irish Examiner, April 14) in which he claims it is impossible for a politician to change their mind. All our opinions change over time, due to circumstances, a convincing argument, a life-altering experience, or a friendship with someone different.
Fri, 17 Apr, 2015
In the midst of the talk of American bugging, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told reporters he operated on the basis that somebody was listening in on his telephone conversations. Of course, he has been in politics since the mid-1970s, when tapping was rife.
Sat, 02 Nov, 2013
Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte has fired a shot across the bows of some of his Fine Gael colleagues in relation to reform of our privacy laws. Fine Gael ministers have been pushing the idea of statutory regulation of the media in recent months.
Thu, 03 Jan, 2013
I was surprised to hear the journalist Bruce Arnold tell Marc Coleman on Newstalk a few days ago that I came ‘lately’ on the scene when he was writing his book about child abuse in Irish orphanages and industrial schools.
Tue, 13 Nov, 2012
SEAN DOHERTY’s wife had a major role in his decision to drop the bombshell that Charles Haughey was fully aware that journalists’ telephones were tapped in the early 1980s, former government minister Máire Geoghegan Quinn has disclosed.
Wed, 27 Dec, 2006
SOME people have been suggesting that Catherine Butler’s interview in The Village magazine is a Fianna Fáil attempt to rehabilitate Charles Haughey, but publisher Vincent Brown has more reason than anyone to realise that the role played by Fine Gael and Labour in the telephone tapping was the height of hypocrisy.
Sat, 10 Jun, 2006
THE most important piece of new information to come out of the RTÉ series on Haughey was the disclosure by former Deputy Commissioner Joe Ainsworth, head of the security division of the Garda Síochána, that Taoiseach Charles J Haughey summoned him to a meeting in the spring of 1982.
Sat, 02 Jul, 2005
ALBERT REYNOLDS yesterday said he had “no reason to differ” with Terry Prone’s recollection that he tried to prevent Sean Doherty from giving the famous press conference in the Montrose Hotel in January 1992 that brought Charles Haughey’s career to an end.
Fri, 10 Jun, 2005