Michael Mcdowell

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Senator Michael McDowell has spoken out against the prosecution of a British soldier for murder on Bloody Sunday 47 years ago. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former tánaiste and minister for justice, Senator Michael McDowell has spoken out against the prosecution of a British soldier for murder on Bloody Su(...)

Following two years of renovation work on the chamber, its gilded occupants were finally allowed back, leaving behind their temporary lodgings in the Ceramics Room of the National Museum where plumptious yellow-haired cherubs – the spit of Donald Trump – decorated the walls. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

The Seanad returned on Tuesday after the summer recess to a beautifully refurbished chamber. The Senators, neither refurbished nor reconstructed, ret(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris proposes to put an additional 1,800 Garda members on frontline line duties in the next two years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Members of An Garda Síochána expect a ramping up of political opposition to the plans unveiled to reform the force as politicians familiarise themselv(...)

Former minister for justice  Michael McDowell has welcomed the Garda reform plan.

Former minister for justice and attorney general Michael McDowell has welcomed the Garda reform plan, saying “inertia and internal resistance” had fru(...)

Yes votes at the referendum count in the RDS. The 2004 referendum “effectively amended not just the Constitution but also the Belfast Agreement”. File photograph: Joe St Leger

In the autumn, we will be asked in a referendum to give all Irish citizens living outside of the Republic the right to vote in future presidential ele(...)

Sinead McSweeney and her son Séamus follow the remains of  husband and father Noel Whelan at the Church of the Holy Name in Ranelagh. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Political commentator and barrister Noel Whelan was a “force in the world” who “never wasted a day”, his funeral Mass has heard. Sinéad McSweeney des(...)

The antics of the elusive Dáil rodent have been well-chronicled.

Imagine the scene. Micheál Martin sitting down in the members’ bar having a cup of tea with a party colleague when a dirty great rat scuttles across (...)

The Bill now goes to the Dáil and Minister of State Michael D’Arcy said once the Bill was enacted it would be for the judiciary to establish the council and the personal injuries guidelines committee. Photograph: Collins Courts

Reform of the level of damages awarded in personal injuries cases has moved a step closer after the Seanad passed legislation establishing a new judic(...)

Minister for Social Protection was sharply criticised by Independent Senator Michael McDowell and others. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Bill to prevent employers deducting or withholding tips from employees has been passed by the Seanad despite Government opposition. Senators voted (...)

 Undated family handout file photo of Sophie Toscan du Plantier

The body of 39-year-old Sophie Toscan du Plantier was found close to a laneway near her holiday home, in the isolated townland of Drinane, outside (...)

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