Michael Noonan’s handling of the case of ‘Grace’ while health minister and the role of his department in the 1990s will be the subject of commission of investigation hearings early in the new year, an interim report states.
Since early February, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has sidestepped questions over whether he had any role in the decision 20 years ago to allow a woman with significant intellectual disabilities to remain at an abusive foster home.
IF opinion polls are even partially correct, there’ll be serious head scratching amongst political insiders. The phenomenal rise and rise of Sean Gallagher has confounded pundits and political parties. At the close of nominations, a month ago, his ratings tallied at 9% to 12% - fifth place. Nothing emerged that adds to his CV.
BRIAN LENIHAN was a chip off the old block. His father, Brian Snr, also enjoyed a distinguished career as a parliamentarian and government minister. Both were barristers, and both fought general elections in the throes of serious illness. Both died young, taken while still in public service.
THE announcement by the British government that it is to examine unsolved murders that occurred during the Troubles in the North yet again throws into sharp relief the lack of a thorough response from the Government to issues that have yet to be addressed here in the South.
The Sellafield nuclear waste reprocessing plant - which exposed major differences between the London and Dublin governments at a prime ministerial summit - will again be on the agenda at a conference involving British and Irish politicians this week.