Shane Cassells

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Church of Scientology and Community Centre in Firhouse Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It would be difficult for the Government to do anything about a controversial drug rehabilitation treatment centre if people go there “of their own fr(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “Only people who should provide addiction services are those who are appropriately qualified and licensed to do so.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Only appropriately qualified and licensed people should provide addiction services, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. He was responding to concerns ab(...)

None of the TDs who spoke to The Irish Times were critical of Micheál Martin himself. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is facing calls from within his own parliamentary party to reshuffle his frontbench of senior spokespeople, or to re(...)

The current focus is to amend broadcasting legislation to address licence fee evasion in the short-term, which is twice the UK rate. Photograph: iStock

Television licence fee evasion rates in Ireland are twice what they are in the UK, the Dáil has heard. Minister for Communications Denis Naughten said(...)

Members of the Irish RWC 2023 bid team: IRFU chief executive, Philip Browne (centre); IRFU president Philip Orr (right) and bid chairman Dick Spring.

There were heated exchanges in the Seanad when Fianna Fáil Senator Terry Leyden said those lobbying for Ireland as the venue for the 2023 Rugby World (...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten ruled out an increase in the TV licence earlier this year. RTÉ director general Dee Forbes previously said the price should increase from €160 to €175 and that the fee was in need of reform and modernisation. File photograph: Getty Images

The secretary-general of the Department of Communications has said the TV licence model is does not work and that he’s not sure the problem can be sol(...)

Shane Cassells: he said the  abolition of town councils was a “butchery’’ of democracy

The abolition of town councils has left a “gaping void’’ in terms of reacting to people’s needs, Fianna Fáil local government spokesman Shane Cassells(...)

In his opening statement, William Soffe told the committee the board stood over the sale, the sales process, the price achieved and also rejected any suggestion that the agency’s Northern Ireland advisory member Frank Cushnahan had any specific knowledge or bore any influence.

Political sensitivities in Stormont over a southern State agency controlling assets in its jurisdiction may have been a factor in Nama’s Project Eagle(...)

Calling for a grant scheme for homeowners in rural towns and villages, there were, John Brassil added, an “enormous number” of empty houses across all local authorities, with one in three houses vacant. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The National Asset Management Agency (Nama) was “set up to solve a problem, not to create another one”, the Dáil heard during a debate on housing and (...)

The results of the 2016 general election so far indicate the 32nd Dail will see a range of new faces arriving at Leinster House. The new deputies ran(...)

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