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‘Hysteria can turn moral decency into hatred, and hatred can make monsters of us all.’ File photograph: David Sleator

“The first thing that strikes anyone driving around the Tallaght area or the people who live in Tallaght is the barricades, the barrels and the watche(...)

Denis Naughten: his ill-advised contacts with lead bidder David McCourt are difficult to comprehend. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It’s perhaps just a coincidence that a major telecoms sale should come unstuck for a second time under Fine Gael and for broadly comparable reasons – (...)

Ireland’s presidential candidates Peter Casey, Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Sean Gallagher, President Michael D Higgins and Liadh Ní Riada: a poll on Wednesday put Higgins at almost 70 per cent. Photograph:   Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The 2018 presidential election campaign is often compared to the campaign of seven years ago. But for a more appropriate comparison, go back another s(...)

Buswells Hotel: “I started out in the kitchen, then worked my way up to the hall,” concierge Paddy Clerkin says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“What’s your soup of the day?” asks a lady in her soft Donegal accent while an American tourist at the next table, with mobile to her ear, loudly reco(...)

Plan A –  Denis Naughten, then minister for communications, announces details of the National Broadband Plan in April 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was simpler in the old days. When the State wanted to provide a major piece of economic infrastructure, it went ahead and did it, often via what us(...)

Denis Naughten, who resigned as minister for communications on Thursday. File photograph: Alan Betson

August 30th, 2012 - Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte announces the National Broadband Plan (NBP), describing it as “the rural electrification (...)

Denis Naughten resigns as Minister for Communication on Thursday. There are rules and protocols around procurement. They strictly forbid direct canvassing of government and government ministers during a tender.

Have Denis Naughten’s meetings with the lead bidder during the procurement process for the Government National Broadband Plan compromised the whole en(...)

What we’ve ended up with after 16 years is a tendering process in which there is just a single bidder which has no experience at all of building this kind of infrastructure. Photograph: Karl Hussey/Fennell Photography

Fans of the Game of Thrones novels will understand my plight. They have been waiting year after year since 2011 for George RR Martin to publish t(...)

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes: the success of her tenure is predicated on something beyond her control – Government policy.

It’s the summer lull before the repeats die down, new shows launch, old ones return and the holiday fill-ins come off air. At RTÉ’s campus in Donnybro(...)

RTÉ says that since 2009, the number of ‘no TV’ homes has grown by more than 200 per cent, resulting in ‘lost’ funding of €24 million.

Introduce household media charge The plan examined by two former Labour communications ministers, Pat Rabbitte then Alex White, still makes sense to (...)

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