John Horgan

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Staff at Loreto Secondary School, Bray, Co Wicklow, on strike in October. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Paschal Donohoe should enjoy his Christmas, because his new year is going to be pretty hairy. The Government is facing a flurry of pay claims from t(...)

The threat of strike action by members of An Garda Síochána was an abuse of its monopoly power as the national police force. The substantial pay settl(...)

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said on Tuesday she does not want to see garda strikes. Photograph: Collins

A mechanism is required to make sure the State is not brought to the eve of a strike by gardaí again, according to Tánaiste and Minister for Justice F(...)

Simon Coveney: belief that his work on the housing and water fronts will stand to him in any leadership contest.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Cast your mind back to the final months of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition. Housing, homelessness and rent were major issues then as they are now, and (...)

Babette’s Feast: a film about the  generosity and redemptive power of a young  woman in a 19th century rural community who   serves a sumptuous feast to the quarrelsome, religiously narrow-minded villagers

When Pope Francis recently arranged for a number of Rome’s homeless people to be given the best seats at his weekly Mass it was no doubt to remind us (...)

The AGSI described the Horgan report as a “missed opportunity” to forensically examine pay, allowances and industrial relations matters in the Garda organisation.

Garda organisations have questioned the legality of any move to impose pension sanctions on their members if they engaged in strike action. The Garda(...)

Garda Representative Association president Ciaran O’Neill, general secretary Pat Ennis, and treasurer Tom Finnan at a briefing last October on the organisation’s planned strike action. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The implications of the report on Garda pay, produced by John Horgan and published on Monday, go beyond An Garda Síochána itself. In particular, the(...)

Report estimates that, if the value of the cost of the provision of pensions is taken into accout, total remuneration for gardaí would be in excess of €100,000. Photograph: David Sleator

Any garda who engages in strike action should lose their right to build up their pension entitlements for five years, a major new report on pay and in(...)

AGSI sources said the union would likely be prepared to accept some sort of “ground rules” in exchange for access to the Workplace Relations Commission, while GRA sources noted that other European police forces had waived their right to strike in exchange for higher pay. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government is considering introducing new restrictions to prevent gardaí from engaging in strike action as they had threatened last month. Sourc(...)

Fidel Castro with Che Guevara. in the early days of the Cuban Revolution. The Cuban leadership, for all its doctrinaire and embattled postures, does not reflect the corruption and greed of a Batista, a Mobutu, a Marcos, or any more contemporary tyrant. Photograph: Roberto Salas/AFP

When I reported from Cuba for this newspaper in 1969, 10 years after Castro had taken power, what I encountered was a persuasive reminder that in poli(...)

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