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The Homestore effect hits Labour

The Homestore effect hits Labour

By John Gormley. Labour’s W****loo: political luck comes and goes on the grandest scale. Eventually a tabloid sub-editor will  come up with a headline to sum up the imminent demise of the parliamentary Labour Party. It will involve  some bad puns on water, loos and the party’s final Napoleonic election battle.. Older Labour heads are

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


What’s happening with housing policy in 2014?

What’s happening with housing policy in 2014?

Planning Bill, more houses, social houses, measures against homelessness – but little about quality; and rezoning speculation to be shortsightedly reinvigorated. By Michael Smith Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government has announced major reforms of the planning system as part of the forthcoming Planning Bill which was approved by Government in

We need to talk about the Gardaí

We need to talk about the Gardaí

Political compliance and media silence on scandals redolent of police state. By Tom Hanahoe, Terence Conway and John Monaghan BETWEEN May 2007 and November 2009, 111 complaints about alleged Garda violence and intimidation were submitted to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission – established in 2005 and invested with more public hope than legislative power –


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