Alan Kelly

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Built in 1959, Croke Villas in Dublin’s north inner city had been mostly vacant for the past decade. Photograph: Alan Betson

I’m standing on a street in Dublin’s north inner city, in the shadow of Croke Park’s Cusack Stand, watching a block of council flats being reduced to (...)

Labour TD Alan Kelly: claims he was warned to “watch his communications” because of his contacts with individuals in relation to the Garda. Photograph:   Eric Luke

A claim by Labour Party TD Alan Kelly that his “communications” may be under surveillance by the Garda is to be investigated by a High Court judge. M(...)

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan with Garda chief administration officer Joe Nugent: Mr Nugent confirmed he examined Ms O’Sullivan’s personal email account. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Gardaí failed to provide a report to the Policing Authority on a private email account used by former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. The Irish(...)

Leo Varadkar: the last time a taoiseach had this sort of approval rating was in July 2011. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

It is a lesson that has to be regularly relearned. Not every political crisis actually breaks through into the public consciousness, and therefore the(...)

Former tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: When in doubt, just forget. Photograph: Tom Honan

At the very outset – and let me be absolutely clear about this – I had no hand, act or part in the erection of last week’s column. I did not commissi(...)

Leo Varadkar: The political crisis reveals a malaise that goes much deeper than the department of justice

The word of the week is “dysfunctional”. Leo Varadkar used it on Tuesday to describe the Department of Justice in the most brutal attack on an arm of (...)

Charlie Flanagan: “I had been told by some people in my constituency that Deputy Kelly had made very negative comments about me in their presence.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has apologised to Labour TD Alan Kelly for “intemperate comments’’ in the Dáil. It was one of a series of apolo(...)

In May 2015 the Department of Justice and Frances Fitzgerald, above, were notified by email of the strategy being adopted at the O’Higgins commission by the Garda commissioner. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Charleton tribunal already has the power to investigate whether former minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald knew more than two years ago about (...)

When was the last time you cried? Ken: A Thursday. Bad hangover, very tired, after going from Lisbon to Copenhagen. I was by myself listening to the (...)

“How could Frances Fitzgerald possibly have forgotten reading such an explosive revelation in relation to the most politically destructive saga of recent years?”   Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

To grasp the sheer weirdness of the current political crisis, it is best to recall an experience that most parents have had at some stage. You walk in(...)

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