Journalists

Saturday 23 September 2017

Maeve Sheehan

Television personality: Grainne Seoige and her partner Leon Jordaan Photo: Gerry Mooney

Grainne Seoige folds her TV firm after racking up 'dramatic' losses 

With her ice-cool beauty, Grainne Seoige was one of RTE's hottest stars. But new records reveal how the Galway television presenter faced plunging revenues at her production company as RTE reduced her workload. Seoige's company, Grace Productions, suffered a "dramatic fall in revenues" since 2011 because of a "significantly reduced" contract with the station. As the TV presenter now focuses on the bespoke diamond business which she founded with her South African fiance, Leon Jordaan, it has emerged that her media production company was wound up last month with €364 to its...

'There are now three civilians in senior-management positions within An Garda Siochana who have been minded to go outside the force to highlight issues or raise concerns' (stock photo)

Major clash of cultures brings 'the real world' into Templemore 

John Barrett was standing at the door of his office in Templemore Garda College, loading a number into his phone, when a Superintendent in civvies approached him. Barrett had been asking questions about the college's finances. The Superintendent told him his questions were being answered. Barrett told him he would have more. The Superintendent followed him into his office. "You've been doing a bit of digging," he said. Barrett noted his uneasy body language and was concerned. Later, he rang the Garda's chief administration officer, who had a "nasty smell" from some of the answers he...

'The files were opened by social workers on foot of an allegation of child rape against the Garda whistleblower that turned out to be entirely false. Yet even after Tusla knew the allegation to be wrong, the falsehood remained on his children's files. Nobody followed up with either McCabe or the alleged victim during that time.' Inset; Garda Maurice McCabe

A chilling chronicle, whether error or conspiracy 

For almost two and a half years, the State's child protection service kept files on Maurice McCabe and on four of his five children. The files were opened by social workers on foot of an allegation of child rape against the Garda whistleblower that turned out to be entirely false. Yet even after Tusla knew the allegation to be wrong, the falsehood remained on his children's files. Nobody followed up with either McCabe or the alleged victim during that time.

Liam Doran of the INMO Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

New year, new records in our dysfunctional emergency departments 

IT was an emergency meeting with a distinct lack of urgency, according to one attendee. Gathered around a conference table at Dr Steevens' Hospital, Dublin, the headquarters of the Health Service Executive, last Friday were directors of the public health service, union leaders, representative groups for consultants and GPs, the ambulance service and a single patient representative, Stephen McMahon. Beside him sat Minister for Health Simon Harris.

After years of spouting fanatical extremism, defending terrorist attacks on the West, calling for Barack Obama's death, radicalising on social media and preaching from a soapbox outside the GPO, Kelly had turned from propagandist to activist.

Death of a Dublin jihadi confirms worst fears of the enemy within 

Khalid Kelly spent his last months in Ireland staying in a private apartment rented by the Islamic State's suspected "fixer". The apartment was in a north Dublin suburb that was a throwback to the Celtic Tiger days, built close to the airport with restaurants, pubs, shops, a creche and a gym. In Kelly's fanatical world, it was a place filled with "infidels" and "kafir". His neighbours could never have guessed that the Irish man who dressed in Arabic clothes was a jihadi in their midst, or that his portly Jordanian flatmate was his mentor.