Hilary Quinlan

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Twelve appointments were made to the board of Irish Water in 2013 by its parent company Bord Gáis Éireann but these were approved in advance by then ministers Phil Hogan and Pat Rabbitte. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Existing directors of Irish Water and its parent company Ervia, formerly known as Bord Gáis, are likely to have to reapply for their positions when(...)

Most politicians have three fallback positions when asked questions: evade, obfuscate, and, when all else fails, just lie. A profession which promise(...)

Minister for State at the Department of the Environment, Paudie Coffey has welcomed the decision by his driver, former Fine Gael Cllr Hilary Quinlan, to resign from the board of Irish Water.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister for State at the Department of the Environment, Paudie Coffey has welcomed the decision by his driver, former Fine Gael Cllr Hilary Quinlan, (...)

Leo Varadkar has been the best at using the public appointments system. Photograph: Collins

Last year the Department of Arts and Heritage placed public advertisements inviting responses from people who thought themselves suitable to be member(...)

Enda Kenny’s feet of clay

The Reynolds Rule says it all. It’s the little things in politics that trip you up. In the scale of “strokes” or political fast ones, the McNulty affa(...)

Minister for State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey said he was aware that Hilary Quinlan, who resigned yesterday as a director of Ir(...)

Brendan Howlin, who announced a new policy of filling board vacancies, speaking outside Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Ministers will have to choose all State board appointments from a shortlist provided to them by the public appointments service under new measures agr(...)

Hilary Quinlan resigned as a director of Irish Water  yesterday but will continue working as a private driver for Minister for State Paudie Coffey

The appointment of Hilary Quinlan as a driver for the Minister of State for the Environment while he was also a director of Irish Water, which comes u(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny on his way to  the  launch of Dr TK Whitaker: A Portrait of a Patriot in Dublin last evening. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The withdrawal of Fine Gael’s candidate John McNulty from the Seanad byelection campaign has raised new questions about Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s politi(...)

The Taoiseach ‘has treated the Imma board, the entire arts community and the members and staff of Seanad Éireann with total disdain’, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has still not answered “key questions” relating to the appointment of John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art(...)

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