Michael Mcdowell

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An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD: “We will ensure that people in Northern Ireland will still have access to European Health Insurance Cards.” File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dubliners will be asked in 2021 if they want to have a directly elected mayor depending on the outcome of a citizens’ assembly on the issue, Taoiseach(...)

Independent Senator Michael McDowell, leading opponent of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government might make another effort to guillotine one of the longest running legislation debates in Irish parliamentary history after narrowly fa(...)

Senator Michael McDowell called for a break from 2pm to 3pm to have lunch in the members’ restaurant rather than a sandwich. Photograph: Tom Honan

What time Senators take their lunch and whether it is a proper meal or a sandwich break provoked a row in the Upper House and led to two votes, one of(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says there were ‘hundreds’ of paedophiles in the Irish Catholic Church. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former president Mary McAleese has said the recent decades of clerical abuse scandals have shown how “careless” the Catholic Church is of human rights(...)

The revised Metrolink plan is set to include an underground tunnel beneath Leinster House which will run between the Tara Street and St Stephen’s Green stations. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The tunnelling of the underground section of the Metrolink is set to run under the Houses of the Oireachtas creating a noise akin to “a washing machin(...)

The Luas Green line was designed with a view to it eventually carrying a metro. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Converting the Luas Green line to a metro undoubtedly would have caused disruption for commuters in south Dublin, but not to the extent some commentat(...)

“All the social consequences,  suicides, ruination, people’s careers being destroyed and all the rest that flow from an unregulated gambling industry in this country are there for us all to see,” says Independent Senator  Michael McDowell.

Thousands of Irish race-goers made their way to Cheltenham last week for four days of gambling in the Gloucestershire countryside, contributing to the(...)

 Rónán Mullen is one of the senators elected by NUI gradutes. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A cross section of the Irish electorate – more than half a million people – only semi exercises its franchise. Many university graduates are ignoring,(...)

Under the original Metrolink plan, Dunville Avenue, a narrow but crucial link between Ranelagh and Rathmines, would have to be closed permanently to permit the unimpeded operation of higher-frequency metro services.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, to paraphrase Robert Burns. And so it is with the Government’s on-again, off-again MetroLink from S(...)

Independent MPs and former Tory party members, Heidi Allen (left), Anna Soubry (centre) and Sarah Wollaston. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

I have quoted here before the adage from a former boss of mine, the polite version of which goes “sometimes there is so much dirt in the political pip(...)

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