Kieran Hartley

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Former Fianna Fáil European election candidate Kieran Hartley

A case involving a former Fianna Fáil European election candidate, which has caused a rift between An Garda Síochána and the Courts Service, has been (...)

The case involved Mr Kieran Hartley who appeared before Judge Brian O’Shea at Dungarvan District Court on October 13th charged with committing a public behaviour offence against the family member of a local Garda. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

A dispute between An Garda Síochána and the Courts Service surrounding the exclusion of media from a court sitting in Waterford this month has deepene(...)

Journalists Eoghan Dalton and Christy Parker and another reporter were barred for more than three hours from entering a court chamber by two gardaí, who said they had been told the judge had directed that no press be allowed in.  Photograph: Getty Images

The Courts Service has openly contradicted An Garda Síochána’s declaration that journalists were barred from a court sitting in Waterford earlier this(...)

Cllr Malcolm Byrne (left) defeated Billy Kelleher TD by eight votes. Photographs: File/Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil Wexford councillor Malcolm Byrne has been selected as the party’s candidate for the Ireland South European Parliament constituency. In a(...)

File image of Brian Crowley MEP  canvassing in Co Cork. File photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland South MEP, Brian Crowley is strongly expected to confirm on Thursday that he will not be standing in this year’s European elections, paving th(...)

Fianna Fáil MEP Brian Crowley. Last September a spokesman for Mr Crowley told The Irish Times that Mr Crowley would be making no comment “until he’s finished with the doctors”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil MEP Brian Crowley will address issues about his health and future political plans at a press conference on Thursday. It comes amid specu(...)

  Fianna Fáil MEP Brian Crowley: his spokesman  said he would be making no comment “until he’s finished with the doctors”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Senior Fianna Fáil figures say there is “no way” that Brian Crowley could run for the party at next year’s European Parliament elections. The Ireland(...)

“Mr Crowley’s prolonged absence is symptomatic of much that is publicly perceived to be wrong with Irish politics,” says Hartley. Above, Brian Crowley. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Fianna Fáil substitute MEP Kieran Hartley has appealed to party leader Micheál Martin to intervene in the continuing absence of the party’s MEP Br(...)

Brian Crowley MEP has been unable to attend the European Parliament since his re-election in 2014 due to ill-health. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Luke “Ming” Flanagan has said he would resign as an MEP if he was in the same situation as his counterpart Brian Crowley, who has been unable to atten(...)

Brian Crowley: His MEP substitute Kieran Hartley has called on  Micheál Martin to take action on his absenteeism. Photograph:  Mark Kelleher

The European Parliament has no powers to take any action against an MEP who does not attend its sittings, a spokeswoman has said. On Thursday The Iri(...)

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