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As the European Commission decides against Bus Eireann we reprint Tim Doyle’s 2013 article explaining how the school bus system is anti-competitive.

As the European Commission decides against Bus Eireann we reprint Tim Doyle’s 2013 article explaining how the school bus system is anti-competitive.

Bus–iness as usual   In 1967 the Department of Education initiated free transport for post-primary schoolchildren. It was a progressive initiative thought up by the Minister, Donogh O’Malley, requiring that €1.2 million be paid to CIE for the first year to perform “matters of a purely transport nature”. CIE exacted a profit of 4% on


History shows policy changes inequality.

History shows policy changes inequality.

By Kevin Buckley. Thomas Piketty and his colleagues at the World Top Incomes Database (WTID) have revolutionised the study of income equality through their clever harvesting of data from historical tax receipts and national budget records. Their data can be used to study how the proportion of national income collected by the very wealthiest people

Wicklow Council Consultant sought tender for clean-up of illegal waste. By Frank Connolly.

Wicklow Council Consultant sought tender for clean-up of illegal waste. By Frank Connolly.

  The multi-million-Eurp scandal surrounding the illegal dumping of waste in county Wicklow is another legacy left to the new environment minister, Alan Kelly, by his predecessor, Phil Hogan and another reason why the latter’s proposed elevation to the post of European Commissioner has been questioned. In October last, Nessa Childers, MEP wrote a letter


Whither Heather?

Whither Heather?

By Frank Connolly. Disgraced former judge, Heather Perrin, may have done her time but some of those whose wills she administered are still awaiting justice. The remaining sibling of Bridget and Frank Murray who lived in Fairview and whose wills were drawn up by Perrin, who unusually had been a solicitor not a barrister, has

Interview with Paul Murphy (before EP election).

Interview with Paul Murphy (before EP election).

By Michael Smith Paul Murphy is 31 but perfectly formed, a model of good humour, principle and intelligence. He grew up in Dublin’s Goatstown,his father worked for Mars and his uncle is newsreader, Michael Murphy. He went to St Kilian’s, a German school in Clonskeagh, where he became politicised by international events like the battle


Dodgy Donegal’s ex-Manager sues Village editor.

Dodgy Donegal’s ex-Manager sues Village editor.

By Michael Smith. Michael McLoone, former County Manager in Donegal is suing me. He wants damages, punitive damages, aggravated damages and an order prohibiting the further publication of unspecified statements the subject of the proceedings. We’re not worried. The proceedings relate to material the substance of which is privileged because it refers to affidavits opened

Dáil and its legal reform bill still pro-lawyer.

Dáil and its legal reform bill still pro-lawyer.

By David Reynolds. The circumstances of the demise of former Minister for Justice, Alan  Shatter, diverted attention from the risk of the thwarting of his reforms of the legal profession. Infamously many ministers, and their – often informal – advisers, are lawyers. Indicative of the problem is that at the last reading of the proposed


Serious questions about Law Society conduct

Serious questions about Law Society conduct

Solicitor struck off after Law Society falsely imputed an undertaking, and relied in part on a forged document and evidence from a fraudulent solicitor By Frank Connolly Allegations of “repeated skulduggery on the part of officials of the Law Society” are likely to be aired in the Supreme Court in the not too distant future


Whistleblower threatens Mulryan.  By Frank Connolly.

Whistleblower threatens Mulryan. By Frank Connolly.

Whistleblower auctioneer Gabriel Dooley was manoeuvred out of €4m as Bray Council benefited from land sale. By Frank Connolly A prominent auctioneer in county Wicklow has made serious allegations against politicians and public officials over their dealings with property developers Sean Mulryan and Sean Dunne over many years. Gabriel Dooley has emerged as a whistleblower


Devaluing degrees. By Peter McMenamin, retired General Secretary of the TUI

Devaluing degrees. By Peter McMenamin, retired General Secretary of the TUI

Devaluing degrees. By Peter McMenamin, retired General Secretary of the TUI. The Technological Universities Bill is motivated by our excellent Institutes  of  Technology wanting spiffier  names ‘‘The distinctive role of the IOT is to take in students onto courses which have a lesser entry requirement and to bring them to an academic level appropriate to their


So, who’s illiberal here?

So, who’s illiberal here?

“It will never be known what acts of cowardice have been committed for fear of not looking sufficiently progressive” – Charles Péguy             Those with whom I’ve been bundled over the course of the past three months would have good reason to accuse me of draft-dodging on the gay-marriage issue.

Context for, and focus on, the Garda

Context for, and focus on, the Garda

  History, and the current lack of official, political and journalistic incisiveness, suggest reform of the Garda will remain elusive By Frank Connolly Not much has changed since I first wrote about Garda malpractice in the early 1980s. At that time I reported on the miscarriage of justice concerning two youths from Tallaght who were


Corrupting philanthropy

Corrupting philanthropy

As Frank Flannery revealed as overpaid consultant to Philanthropy Ireland as well as chair of Forum on Philanthropy read Niall Crowley on the corruption of philanthropy in Ireland (July 2013, Village) Worried voice. “The one percent difference?…Is this another tax?”. Authoritative voice. “This is not a tax. This is something only you can decide on.”


Questions for  Law Society

Questions for Law Society

Solicitor struck off after Law Society falsely imputed an undertaking, and relied in part on a forged document and evidence from a fraudulent solicitor By Frank Connolly Allegations of “repeated skulduggery on the part of officials of the Law Society” are likely to be aired in the Supreme Court in the not too distant future