Alan Dukes

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Mr Justice Liam Hamilton said in 1986 that due to the separation of powers under the Constitution, “the servicing of the courts” was excluded from employment embargoes. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Mr Justice Liam Hamilton, president of the High Court in 1986, told the then government he needed 12 staff immediately if the High Court was “to fulf(...)

Mountjoy Prison: was down daily about 30-40 posts.  Photograph: David Sleator

A request by minister for justice Alan Dukes to increase the number of staff in the State’s prisons by 352 to help alleviate a worsening overcrowding (...)

John Rodgers: told Mr Dukes he did not see the legal basis on which access to the files, especially for films made 30 years or more previously, could be resisted or refused. Photograph: David Sleator

There was a series of tense letters between the attorney general and the minister for justice in late 1986 over the release of the film censor’s file(...)

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán Fitzpatrick at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

Anyone who took part in anti-austerity campaigning has been ruled out as a potential juror in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán Fitzp(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  at the party think-in at the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The one question Micheál Martin was not asked during a long doorstep interview at the Fianna Fáil think-in in Carlow was about his mojo. Unlike Enda (...)

  File photograph of Vera  Cosgrave with her husband Liam and Albert Reynolds. File photograph: File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was among the mourners at the funeral on Monday of Vera Cosgrave, wife of Liam Cosgrave, who was taoiseach from 1973 until 1977. (...)

‘I remember Mrs Thatcher saying the north of Ireland ‘was as British as Finchley’. Well, we proved that it wasn’t.” Peter Barry, interviewed last Nove(...)

Tough-minded negotiator: Peter Barry, left, then minister for foreign affairs, with Tom King, then Northern Ireland secretary, in Iveagh House, Dublin, 1986. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Peter Barry, who died on Friday, aged 88, had a long career in politics but will be chiefly remembered for his contribution to the Anglo-Irish Agreeme(...)

Analysts agree the late  minister for foreign affairs Peter Barry (far left) played a key role during the Anglo Irish Agreement negotiations. This photograph from the signing of the agreement in 1985 shows (left to right) Peter Barry, tánaiste Dick Spring, taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald, British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, British foreign minister Geoffrey Howe, and secretary of state Tom King.

Saturday mornings in the Cork city centre grocery store owned by former Fine Gael tánaiste and minister for foreign affairs, Peter Barry, who died on (...)

Peter Barry  in his office at Iveagh House during his time as minister for foreign affairs in 1985. Photograph: Jack McManus

Former Fine Gael deputy leader, tánaiste and minister for foreign affairs Peter Barry has died aged 88. Taoieach Enda Kenny said Barry died peacefull(...)

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