Former minister for sport John O’Donoghue: proposed in 2007 to pay the GAA additional funds under the heading of ‘capital grants’. Photograph: Frank Miller

The scale of departmental opposition to the players’ grants scheme, introduced in 2008 after lobbying by the Gaelic Players Association with the suppo(...)

Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness: somewhat compromised and a little wounded politically. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

When a prominent politician is caught up in a controversy surrounding personal standards or behaviour, at a certain juncture it becomes obvious the(...)

Ian Bailey at the High Court yesterday. He has always protested his innocence and denied any involvement in the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Collins Courts

A High Court judge said there were “very disturbing” and “unusual matters” relating to the Garda investigation into the murder of Ms Sophie Tos(...)

File image of Ian Bailey. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

A High Court judge has said “very disturbing” and “unusual” matters related to the Garda investigation into the murder of French film-maker Sop(...)

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