Dermot Ahern

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Politicians on the steps of St Paul’s Church on West Street in Drogheda during a protest march over drug-related violence in the town. Photograph: PA

Some 4,000 people walked from Drogheda’s Peace Bridge to the centre of the town on Saturday, accompanied by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and several par(...)

In January 2000, Fianna Fáil’s minister for justice John O’Donoghue was on the verge of bringing policy suggestions to Cabinet. His steerage of the issue had been attacked as a ‘shambles’ by the Progressive Democrats, the junior partner in government. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

At the turn of the century as asylum applications in Ireland were escalating faster than officials could keep up, the government was scrambling to fin(...)

The laneway where Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney was abducted is cordoned off by PSNI. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker

Det Insp Pat Marry’s cross-Border investigation began with the discovery of a burning Volkswagen Golf at Ravensdale Forest Park in Co Louth, on the ni(...)

 Kevin Lunney during his interview on BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme broadcast on Tuesday night.  Photograph: BBC Spotlight/BBC/PA Wire

Cross-Border crime such as the attack on businessman Kevin Lunney could be tackled with another North-South body focused on policing, former Fianna Fá(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: his judgment has been questioned over his remaining in a PSNI vehicle after crossing the Border from the North. Photograph: Tom Honan

PSNI officers have been allowed carry firearms in the Republic since 2013, the Department of Justice has said. The department was responding to queri(...)

Lisa Smith from Dundalk (to right of taoiseach and Chief of Staff)  converted to Islam and moved to Syria. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Lisa Smith, the 37-year-old Irish woman and former soldier who married an Isis fighter and now wants to return to Ireland, is emblematic of a problem (...)

Lisa Smith on the extreme right of picture as then taoiseach Bertie Ahern thanks members of the Aer Corps before boarding the Government jet in 2008. Photograph: Collins Dublin

It is tempting to equate the case of Dundalk woman Lisa Smith with that of Shamima Begum, the London teenager who ran away to join Islamic State when (...)

Former minister for finance Dermot Ahern said gangs were now targeting credit unions and post offices.  Photograph: Collins

Former minister for finance Dermot Ahern said tiger kidnappers could have stolen €300 million in one raid in Ireland a number of years ago. Mr Ahern(...)

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Army might be needed at the Border following Brexit. Photograph: Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

There are times in Irish political life when pointing out the blindingly obvious is discouraged. Those of you old enough will remember the debate duri(...)

Former minister for justice  Dermot Ahern: ‘Imagine the reaction if I proposed a referendum then.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One man who will be voting yes in Friday’s blasphemy referendum is former Fianna Fáil minister for justice Dermot Ahern. It was he who in 2009 introdu(...)

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