John Mcguinness

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Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, finally appeared before the Public Accounts Committee and the Finance Committee on Thursday.

A tug of war between Oireachtas committees around who should grill one of the most senior civil servants in the country has been playing out behind th(...)

Angela Kerins: was subjected to prolonged questioning about her salary,  pay and  conditions

The Supreme Court decision in the Angela Kerins case has brought into focus a fault line that has been evident in parliamentary inquiries since the Dá(...)

In a significant judgment on Wednesday, the Supreme Court found that it would not be a breach of the separation of powers to declare the actions of the PAC unlawful in light of the fact that the committee was acting outside its remit and that the Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges had already come to the same view.

On February 27th 2014, Angela Kerins, then chief executive of Rehab, appeared voluntarily before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Rehab was a priv(...)

 Micheál Martin:  “When you strip it all back . . .  he has made the right call on all the big issues and he has excelled in all the elections,” said one frontbencher. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

“What the f**k is Daly at?” asked a Fine Gael TD as he observed his colleague, junior minister Jim Daly, in full flow on Wednesday evening. During the(...)

 European Parliament: Due to Brexit, the seat allocation to Ireland rises from 11 to 13. Photograph: Vincent Kessler

A combination of a couple of extra seats up for grabs, a clatter of retirements, including those of two strong vote-getters, and a glut of ex-min(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris wore his usual pale and pinched worried expression. Photograph: James Forde

Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris settled into their front bench seats as TDs trickled into the chamber for the big debate. Sinn Féin had moved a motion(...)

Fianna Fáil TDs Barry Cowen and John McGuinness, pictured with party colleague Bobby Aylward in 2015. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

Simmering tensions in Fianna Fáil could have implications for the future of the confidence-and-supply deal which underpins the Government. Disagreeme(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Good morning, and happy Valentine’s Day — the day the price of a bunch of roses rises by national children’s hospital proportions. Matters in Fianna (...)

John McGuinness: he said rank-and-file party members were unhappy with the extension to the deal that underpins the Fine Gael-led minority government

Fianna Fáil TDs exchanged public insults on Wednesday as bitterness between an outspoken party TD and his colleagues intensified. John McGuinness, a (...)

The Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohan, most recently came to public attention after breaking windows in his courtroom in December to clear what he described as a ‘fug’ there.  Photograph: Collins

The decision by the President of the High Court to remove mortgage debt cases from the Master of the High Court has been described in the Dáil as “dee(...)

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