Seamus Brennan

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Justin McAleese previously played a prominent role in the same-sex marriage referendum in 2015, when he spoke of his experience of growing up as a gay man.

The son of former president Mary McAleese has effectively declared his intention to stand for Fianna Fáil at the next general election, telling party (...)

Public services card

The possibility that the State’s public services card (PSC) might eventually become a national identity card was discussed by the then Fianna Fáil-led(...)

The vast majority of politicians still do not understand, in depth or breadth, the data protection and privacy issues that lie at the heart of a functional, transparent democracy. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Concern over the now infamous Public Services Card has been a slow build. A very slow build. The card was being discussed in the Dáil in 2005 – Fine(...)

The public services card has not suddenly appeared on the landscape. It has been around for 12 years in various guises.

There are delayed responses and then there is shutting the barn door long after the horse has bolted. The public services card has not suddenly appea(...)

The Liffey boardwalk in Dublin has problems, but anti-social behaviour and illegal activities can be countered by effective policing. Photograph: Dave Meehan

If you fail to value and protect a public amenity, it will be abused. That is the basic message in reports concerning the Liffey boardwalk and the ant(...)

The National Transport Authority stresses the handover of 24 bus routes to Go-Ahead isn’t privatisation. The service would remain under NTA control, it would set fares and determine schedules, and the fleet would remain in State control. Photograph: Alan Betson

Talk of the privatisation of Dublin Bus services – and what would happen if any government tried it – is almost as old as the company itself. The Pro(...)

It is widely recognised  that for the full benefits of the liberalisation of air transport to be realised, the system of allocating airport runway slots at EU airports will  have to be revised.  Photograph: Getty Images

A family trip from Milan to Paris in 1992 would have cost 25 times more than it does today, with the minimum price for a ticket on the route dropping (...)

Dawson Street in Dublin: name-signage for our stations, whether they are for trains, Dart or Luas, does not have to be so utilitarian. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Who doesn’t love the Luas? Smooth, clean and efficient, it gets you from A to B. And when the link-up is completed, it will also connect you to C, D, (...)

Long live the king?  Bertie Ahern is to be invited to rejoin Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

June 1977 Bertie Ahern, a 25- year-old accounts clerk at the Mater hospital in Dublin, stands for Fianna Fáil in the three-seat constituency of Dub(...)

Senator David Norris on Budget 2017: “I think it is a complete and utter waste of time. It has been leaked for weeks.”

David Norris spoke for many on Tuesday afternoon after Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe performed the traditional reading of the budget leaks into t(...)

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