Colm Smyth

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 O’Toole’s bar in  Loughinisland following the shooting dead of six Catholic men as  they watched Ireland’s opening World Cup match against Italy in 1994. Photograph: . PA Images via Getty Images

‘For the people of my province and the rest of Ireland Bear in mind these dead: I can find no plainer words. I dare not risk using that loaded word(...)

ESB landowner engagement manager, Colm Smyth, said in an affidavit, the cost of this compensation “directly impacts on the cost of electricity”

The ESB is facing compensation claims for some €3.5m from property owners whose land is needed for the running of power cables for the national electr(...)

Colm Smyth SC leaving the tribunal in Dublin Castle: he says he was asked by Chief State Solicitor Annmarie Ryan to come on board as counsel  two weeks before the commission was to begin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The legal team that acted for Nóirín O’Sullivan at the O’Higgins commission was briefed by officers who were “hostile “to whistleblower Sgt Maurice Mc(...)

In many cases, landlords could not afford to comply with the regulations and either left units vacant or sold the property. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Landlords have claimed new rental standards regulations are shortsighted, contradictory, and could lead to the loss of homes from the rental sector. (...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: indicated this week  he was disposed to bringing bedsits back into use to address the housing crisis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New rental housing regulations, which will increase fire-safety standards for tenants, and provide better protection against vermin, come into force t(...)

Garda Commissioner  Nóirín O’Sullivan: Facing questions about the exact nature of her instructions to her barrister. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Government politicians shake their heads with a mixture of disbelief and apprehension. The new Government is hardly formed. Ministers are still meetin(...)

Sgt Maurice McCabe: back in 2008, he outlined concerns about Garda practice regarding two unnamed officers. The content of his recording of that meeting has sparked serious  controversy seven years later.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

2008: At a meeting in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Sgt Maurice McCabe outlines concerns about Garda practice regarding two unnamed officers. He records th(...)

Enda Kenny: his first coalition never recovered its sense of purpose, discipline, unity and forward momentum after the justice and policing controversies of early 2014. Anything similar would destroy this administration before it got off the ground. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

A spectre looms in the background as the Cabinet seeks to dampen down the latest controversy to arise out of the Garda. The fate of the previous mini(...)

Frances Fitzgerald is coming under further scrutiny in the Dáil this morning about the matter. Photograph: Screen grab: Oireachtas TV

Two senior ministers have said that only the Garda Commissioner can explain the discrepancy between her stated support for Sgt McCabe and the transcri(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said in a statement she wished to “make it clear that I do not, and have never, regarded Sgt McCabe as malicious.” File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Further details surrounding legal exchanges at the O’Higgins commission between representatives for Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and for gard(...)

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