Brendan Smith

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 Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Denis Naughten: phone call between Eoghan Ó Neachtain and Mr Naughten on the proposed Celtic Media takeover by INM was not registered.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former government press secretary Eoghan Ó Neachtain has registered 10 separate returns of lobbying activity over the past two years, including two me(...)

Vice-chair Maureen O’Sullivan TD and  chairman Brendan Smith TD during a report launch  of the Irish Aid Programme by the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Defence at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Legislation which would bind future governments into meeting Ireland’s foreign aid commitments should be introduced with all-party agreement, a member(...)

Members of the Alpha-1 Action Group protesting outside the offices of the HSE in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Julien Behal

Irish patients with severe lung disease are hoping to have their access to a “life-changing” drug extended. The manufacturer of Respreeza, CSL Behrin(...)

 Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A group of Fianna Fáil TDs, including members of Micheál Martin’s front bench, have said the party should be open to coalition with Sinn Féin. Their(...)

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald is likely to fight the next election as the party’s  leader if, as expected, Gerry Adams stands down in advance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Political parties are paying particular attention to four constituencies where the number of seats has changed for the next general election. The thr(...)

Charlie Flanagan expressed his disappointment at the North’s parties’ failure to establish an Executive.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Efforts to deal with paramilitarism in the North will intensify following the passage of legislation to set up a monitoring body to oversee measures a(...)

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government and the Northern Ireland Executive must urgently start to meet to prepare the island for the challenges that will be caused by Brexit, (...)

Brendan Smith: pleaded guilty to bid-rigging. Photograph: Collins Courts.

If you’re a white collar criminal, come into the parlour. There’s a welcome there for you. Recent events have reminded everybody – as if we needed rem(...)

Firmer director of Aston Carpets and Flooring Brendan Smith was fined €7,500 and given a three-month suspended prison sentence. Photograph: Collins Courts

The path to the State’s first bid-rigging conviction took five years to complete. The long journey for prosecutors ended with just a suspended prison (...)

 The newly-built  Central Bank of Ireland on North Wall Quay in Dublin:  Crean Mosaics, sister company of Aston Carpets and Flooring, recently completed €1.8 million of work on the new Central Bank headquarters.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The sister company of a flooring firm convicted of bid rigging on major building projects received millions of euro from State-funded projects, even a(...)

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