Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said: “The Government has not been satisfied that in the case of the people who were placed in the Bethany Home . . .  agents of the State were responsible for placing those people in those homes.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State was not responsible for the ill-treatment of babies and children in the Bethany Home, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn told the Dáil. (...)

Senior Fine Gael figures last night paid tribute to Frank Flannery for his years of “unstinting and loyal service for the party”

Senior Fine Gael figures last night paid tribute to Frank Flannery for his years of “unstinting and loyal service for the party” while the Oppo(...)

Political strategist Frank Flannery who has resigned from his roles with Rehab and Fine Gael with immediate effect.

  Frank Flannery has resigned as a director of the Rehab charity, as well as from positions within the Fine Gael party. Tonight, the c(...)

 Frank Flannery:   Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore wants him to attend  a Public Accounts Committee hearing

The Tánaiste called in the Dáil yesterday on Rehab director and senior Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery to attend a public hearing with the (...)

Angela Kerins chief executive of Rehab arriving for the PAC meeting yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

You could say it was a case of Angela’s cashes dominating the day. In spite of a pre-emptive attempt by a solicitor acting for Rehab to limit t(...)

Frank Flannery: former Rehab chief and director of Complete Eco Solutions.

Rehab chief Angela Kerins told the PAC that the organisation would provide information on previous dealings with a company in which her brother(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced today that  a retired judge would be appointed shortly to investigate the GSOC controversy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach has strongly defended the Minister for Justice in his handling of the controversy surrounding the alleged bugging of the Garda Si(...)

and A mother and child were found unharmed last night hours after an urgent Child Rescue(...)

Eamon Gilmore: “The Government entirely respects and values the independence of the commission.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said he was satisfied no State agency was involved in the suspected bugging of the Garda Síochána O(...)

At Opposition leaders’ questions today, Tánaiste Eamon  Gilmore said: “Am I satisfied that no organ of the State put the Garda Ombudsman Commission under surveillance?’ Yes, I am.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has agreed to appear before an Oireachtas committee in relation to the alleged surveillance of the Garda Sío(...)

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