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  • The Irish Times

    The Fitzgerald whistleblower email: what it said

    This is the text of the email released on Tuesday evening by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald Could you pass this on to the Minister for information please. I took a call this afternoon from -------- in relation to the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation (which is investigating the matters identified by the Guerin report). The O’Higgins Commission has started hearings, and the Garda Síochána are represented by counsel, as is Sergeant McCabe (in his case, Michael McDowell SC). ------- wanted to let me know that counsel for the Garda Síochána has raised as an issue in the hearings an allegation made against Sergeant McCabe which was one of the cases examined by the IRM [independent review mechanism.

  • Irish Examiner

    Martin O’Neill must change or be changed

    A couple of months after Martin O’Neill took a sabbatical from football management to help look after his then ill wife Geraldine, this writer interviewed someone who had played minor inter-county Gaelic football with one of O’Neill’s great foot soldiers at Parkhead, Neil Lennon. Sign in or register for FREE to continue enjoying and to comment on our great range of opinion writers Not a member yet? Register

  • The Irish Times

    It was John Hume, not Sinn Fein, who steered Northern Ireland to peace

    A documentary film that premiered in Ireland at the weekend examines the role of the Nobel laureate and former SDLP leader John Hume in seeking to engage the United States in the Northern Ireland peace process. I was very reluctant to see In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, and even more reluctant to write about it. My fears were based on previous films about Ireland, which reeked of sentimentality, “old sod” songs and stories, and the dreaded “shamrockery” associated with Ireland in the US. But here we see how skilled practitioners of the art of politics can clearly define their objectives and remain aloof from all distractions that would essentially weaken their resolve. The central

  • Irish Examiner

    Golden rules for online shopping safety

    Black Friday is the new December 8, according to An Garda Síochána, with more than 50% of people expected to shop online this Christmas. An Garda Síochána and Europol have issued 12 golden rules for safe online shopping ahead of Black Friday on November 24. Some of these include shopping from trusted sites and checking that the URL of the website carries a padlock icon or the HTTPS application protocol. “The traditional shopping period of December 8 has come forward now to Black Friday, which we have imported from America, and Cyber Monday, which is when people in modern times are commencing their shopping,” said Detective Superintendent Michael Gubbins, head of the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau.

  • Irish Examiner

    ‘I do not need legal advice on a simple question’

    Leo Varadkar also claimed he had “nothing to hide” in relation to a 2015 email sent to the Tánaiste detailing the legal strategy taken by the gardaí against whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe. After initially resisting calls from Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Labour and Solidarity-PBP to bring Frances Fitzgerald before the Dáil to answer questions on the controversy, Mr Varadkar said: “I want to say very clearly that I have nothing at all to hide on this matter, nor does the Government have anything to hide on this matter.” However, Mr Varadkar went on to provoke anger from Mr Gallagher when he suggested he seek legal advice before it was agreed that the Tánaiste come before the Dáil for questioning.

  • The Irish Times

    Teen held over fatal Offaly stabbing released without charge

    A teenager arrested in connection with the death of a man in Edenderry, Co Offaly has been released without charge. The 17-year-old male was arrested on Sunday night and had been in Garda custody since. He was being questioned under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Tullamore Garda station, but was released without charge on Tuesday. “The individual has been released without charge and a file is being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, ” a Garda spokeswoman said. The local community has been “left in shock” following the death of Bruno Rolandi who was found stabbed to death on Sunday night. The 54-year-old Italian national was discovered with a number of knife wounds at the home


    Three legal challenges to Dublin Airport's €320m runway thrown out

    THE HIGH COURT has thrown out three legal challenges against plans for a new €320 million runway at Dublin Airport. In what were lengthy and detailed judgments, Mr Justice Max Barrett dismissed actions that arose over the proposed development of a 3,110 metre runway, located on 261 hectares in townlands north and north-west of the airport terminal building. The second runway has been deemed vital by parties including the Dublin Airport Authority to proposals to turn the airport into an international hub. The cases have been adjourned to allow the various parties consider the decisions. It is not known if an appeal will be taken against any of the rulings. The first of the three cases was brought