Feargus Flood

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Garrett Cooney’s legal career spanned 45 years. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

One of Ireland’s most prominent barristers Garrett Cooney has died following a short illness. Although he acquired a reputation as a leading practiti(...)

Mr Justice Alan Mahon will step down from his position on the Court of Appeal.

The former chairman of the Planning Tribunal has been appointed as the new Ombudsman for the Defence Forces. Mr Justice Alan Mahon will step down fro(...)

There is an inherent and recognised danger with tribunals: they are both investigative body and adjudicating authority. File photograph: iStockPhoto

One of the most valuable of the freedoms found in western democracies is the right to be left alone. Across the non-western world, arbitrary interfer(...)

Mr Justice Feargus Flood, was a sitting judge of the High Court with many years experience not just as a judge but also as a barrister. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The suppression by the Planning Tribunal of material relevant to the corruption allegations made against him by the late James Gogarty remains “inexpl(...)

Mr Justice Alan Mahon: has long since returned to spending most of his time in the courts. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill .

On the lines of the old football cliché, the planning tribunal was a game of two halves. The first, the years from 1997 to 2002, covered its start-u(...)

File photograph of Mr Ray Burke arriving at the Flood Tribunal in Dublin Castle in 2001. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Developer Michael Bailey has called for an independent investigation of the planning tribunal after it was forced to drop findings it made against hi(...)

A file image of PJ Mara from 1983. He was Charles Haughey’s press officer and confidant in the 1980s and Bertie Ahern’s director of elections for each of the three-in-a-row victories between 1997 and 2007. File photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

PJ Mara was a flamboyant, larger-than-life character who played a central role in Fianna Fáil for more than three decades. He was Charles Haughey’s (...)

Former FF minister for justice Ray Burke arriving at the Mahon Tribunal in Dublin Castle in November 2006. Photograph: The Irish Times

The planning tribunal says it is reviewing its landmark 2002 report that made corruption findings against former Fianna Fáil minister Ray Burke and hi(...)

The inquiry prompted the resignation of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern from Fianna Fáil. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sensitive material relating to the €158 million Mahon Tribunal, which prompted the resignation of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern from Fianna Fáil, is s(...)

Witness: James Gogarty at Dublin Castle after giving evidence in 1999. Photograph: Eric Luke

The planning tribunal? Was that the Flood tribunal? Yes. The tribunal was set up in 1997 to look into corruption in planning. But it was also known as(...)

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