Repeal groups to join forces for new brand
The country's biggest pro- repeal groups are joining forces to campaign under one banner in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
The country's biggest pro- repeal groups are joining forces to campaign under one banner in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
The transcripts of the Kerry Babies Tribunal will not be put on public record at the National Archive at present to prevent further distress to Joanne...
Mobile phones and CCTV footage will form a key plank of the Garda investigation into the murder of Joanne Lee as detectives attempt to retrace her steps to find her killer.
Health officials raised concerns about a Church of Scientology-sponsored group that circulated glossy anti-drugs brochures to primary schools in Dublin's north inner city, records reveal.
The number of people with life-changing injuries waiting for admission to the National Rehabilitation Hospital has risen sharply.
The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has issued a damning indictment of Mary Lou McDonald's coronation as Sinn Fein leader by stating she was "chosen by forces in the shadows" of Gerry Adams's party.
More than 40 years ago, property developer Noel Smyth met his wife Anne Marie, and her father, David Murphy, entered his life.
The sister of Irene White has questioned why it took gardai more than a decade to catch her murderer.
Ireland's corporate watchdog is poised to investigate the online donations platform said to owe €3.8m to charities, as it emerged that a "small number" of Irish organisations may have been hit.
Last Monday night, the windows and front door of a modest terrace house on St John's Crescent in Clondalkin were smashed. It was an unusual act of violence in this quiet corner of the sprawling west Dublin housing estate. People usually keep to themselves and there is rarely any trouble, said one neighbour. But earlier that day, the young man, 26-year-old Matthew Horan, who lived here with his widowed father, had pleaded guilty in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to exploiting children, stalking them on social media, pretending to be their friend, and eventually coercing and...
One the country's most senior gardai has said the State has not "served our children well" by allowing unregulated access to social media websites where they can be targeted by sex predators.
Last Monday night, the windows and front door of a modest terrace house on St John's Crescent in Clondalkin were smashed. It was an unusual act of violence in this quiet corner of the sprawling...
Three days after he was found on rocks at White Strand, after gardai had done their work and the State pathologist had finished with him, Baby John was buried. It should have been a bleak affair.
Meath County Council has confirmed it received planning inquiries about the opening of a controversial facility connected to the Church of Scientology.
The mother of Milly Tuomey is suing the Health Service Executive to "expose the flaws" in the Irish health care system that she alleges contributed to her 11-year-old daughter's death by suicide.
The Garda Representative Association spent more than €658,188 on travel and subsistence expenses for its governing central executive committee in 2016, a scathing new report has revealed.
The usually secretive Church of Scientology claims to have opened its doors to Irish communities as it makes its presence felt in Ireland. It hosted a free Winter Wonderlands for kids at its €6m "Community Centre" at Firhouse and directs its "campaigns" to "share its ideals with the Irish people" from its "national affairs office" in a €2m Georgian building on Merrion Square, where visitors are welcome.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has said State papers released last week lay bare the "sordid story of murder and mayhem" which is the Provisional IRA and Sinn Fein's history.
Enmity is no stranger to the corridors of Leinster House, but the chill factor between Joan Burton and Paul Murphy, the Solidarity TD acquitted of falsely imprisoning her, is rare indeed.
Alan Hawe exchanged hundreds of text messages with his wife, Clodagh, in the months before he slaughtered his family. The texts contained the humdrum stuff of daily family life, such as the kids' activities and household chores, according to those familiar with the case.
'Tis the season for some feline festivity at the National Animal Centre in Longford where 50 cats freed from a life of lab testing are experiencing their first Christmas.
Nursing homes served or threatened to serve "notices to quit" on residents in 59 cases highlighted by advocacy group Sage.
Ten Fianna Fail TDs have said they will not support a repeal of article 40.3.3 of the Constitution as one deputy hit out at colleagues for their stance on the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment.
The Government yesterday acknowledged the call for improved services made by the parents of 11-year-old Milly Tuomey, who died by suicide last year.
The popular solicitor and businessman James Osborne left €15m in his will, according to documents lodged with the Probate Office.
A Dublin nursing home has received its eighth negative inspection report in a row from the health watchdog.
The funeral of the latest suspected victim of the Kinahan/Hutch gangland feud took place in Dublin's north inner city yesterday under the watch of armed gardai.
The sound of smashing glass brings back terrifying memories for the Garvey family.
A key witness who told gardai that Trevor Deely was buried in West Dublin wasteland provided the information in good faith in an attempt to end his family’s suffering, a senior Garda has said.
John Barrett threw down his pen and slumped back in his seat in apparent exasperation. Not for the first time, the Garda's head of human resources had been blocked by his boss from answering a particularly pointed question at the Public Accounts Committee.
A key witness who told gardai that Trevor Deely was buried in West Dublin wasteland provided the information in good faith in an attempt to end his family's suffering, a senior Garda has said.
The utterly discredited allegations made by Garda Keith Harrison at are expected to cost the taxpayer thousands of euros in legal bills.
A man whose body was found dumped in a field yesterday is believed to be the latest victim in the bloody feud between the Kinahan drugs cartel and the Hutch gang.
Garda reserves should be trained and deployed to hunt down online sexual predators, a leading security expert has urged.
The competition watchdog appears to have stepped up its inquiries into a meeting of nursing home operators who discussed boycotting the Fair Deal scheme to increase their fees from the State.
Michael Grade has said the board of the Gate Theatre received no complaints about Michael Colgan's behaviour toward women during his time as a director.
A teenager was in a critical condition last night and a second was in hospital following two separate gun attacks in Dublin last Friday night.
The aid agency, GOAL, has corrected a “discrepancy” in its annual financial statements relating to the cost to the charity of the American investigation into its operations in Syria last year.
A top garda has credited a revamped specialist crime unit, boosted by 185 extra officers, for a string of crackdowns on the Kinahan crime syndicate, culminating in the arrests last week of four gangland figures suspected of plotting a hit on a rival.
Cash and other valuables belonging to residents of a public nursing home were at risk of going missing because of weak financial controls.
An American investigation into the aid agency Goal over alleged fraud in its operations in Syria has cost the charity €4.3m.
He was described in court as the biggest tycoon you've never heard of. The low-profile Irish millionaire, Andrew Ruhan, has effectively been found to have concealed his wealth in a battle with his wife over a divorce award.
Harassment and bullying is widespread in the arts community, according to a "startling" Behaviour & Attitudes survey released to the Sunday Independent.
Grace Dyas, the playwright and director, was the first woman to go public with allegations against the former director of the Gate Theatre, Michael Colgan.
Friends of a young man who was shot dead in the early hours of Saturday morning desperately tried to save his life at the scene.
THE obstetrician Peter Boylan has criticised remarks by a pro-life senator about Savita Halappanavar as "repugnant", "outrageous" and deserving of an apology.
A powerful political watchdog has threatened a Sunday Independent journalist with standards in public office laws which could result in thousands of euros in fines or up to three years' imprisonment.
IT was easy to forget that the celebrated sportswriter Tom Humphries took six years to confess to his crimes. At his sentencing in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last Tuesday, he looked resolved to his fate. Humphries, 54, had spent the last three weeks waiting for this day in prison - because he had chosen to go straight to jail rather than apply for bail. It was as though he couldn't get there fast enough. Such was his guilt that he had refused psychiatric help because he wanted to suffer. He wanted to feel the pain.
The man who was shot dead in front of his friends in Dublin in the early hours of yesterday morning had links to local gangland crime.
Banks are being threatened with High Court action to stop them selling homes they seized from victims of the tracker mortgage scandal.
The chairman of the health watchdog claimed a private nursing home asked him to stop an inspection report from being published on the website of the regulatory body.
Ireland's banks are up to three times more profitable than the average for major eurozone banks, according to European Central Bank data analysed for the Sunday Independent.
Dr Sandra Spillane spent last Sunday holed up in her home office studying the evolving mass that was Storm Ophelia on her computer screen. A climatologist with Met Eireann with a Phd in maths, she was "literally looking back in time" to find something comparable to understand what Storm Ophelia might do to Ireland.
It was the morning after Storm Ophelia hit Kinsale, Co Cork. There was no electricity, water, phone or broadband. Streets were eerily empty. A small queue formed outside Fishy Fishy, the restaurant owned by celebrity chef Martin Shanahan.
EMERGENCY measures will be taken in the next 48 hours as the country braces itself for a ferocious storm comparable with Hurricane Debbie, the most powerful cyclone ever to hit Ireland.
A not-for-profit housing body is in advanced talks with several banks to secure €500m backing to buy rental properties in arrears to prevent tenants being evicted.
The Public Accounts Committee and the competition watchdog are to examine records of a secret meeting at which private nursing home operators mooted a boycott of the Fair Deal scheme to boost the fees they are paid by the State.
Charities are still forking out millions in VAT to the Government because of an EU anomaly.
The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, announced last month that a referendum on the Eighth Amendment will take place next May or June. Abortion is currently one of the most contentious issues in Irish life, yet there is still no clarity on what exactly citizens will be voting on in eight months' time.
The chairperson of the independent health watchdog attended a confidential meeting of private nursing home operators at which a boycott of the Fair Deal scheme was mooted, leaked records reveal.
Sorcha O'Neill is one of a number of once loyal elected representatives and members who have fallen out with Sinn Fein in recent years.
The former sports writer, Tom Humphries, triggered his own unmasking when he donated one of his old mobile phones to his daughter. She was collecting them to be recycled by a charity and her dad obliged with the phone he had used to send thousands of sexually explicit text messages to a young girl he had groomed from the age of 14.
THE chairperson of the independent health watchdog attended a confidential meeting of private nursing home operators at which a boycott of the Fair Deal scheme was mooted.
The first meeting of disaffected Sinn Fein members took a place in a Chinese restaurant in Waterford yesterday, with between 30 and 40 people turning up to share grievances over alleged bullying and intimidation within the party.
Four years ago, when the Troika bore down on Ireland, garda numbers fell, recruitment of replacements was banned and garda stations closed down. Alan Shatter, who was then Minister for Justice, lost Stepaside Garda Station in his Dublin South constituency.
The anti-abortion organisation Family & Life raised more than €1m in donations in one year.
GPs are demanding fees of up to €60,000 a year for attending elderly residents in private nursing homes who are entitled to free doctor services.
The Nursing Home Support Scheme was introduced in 2008 to help older people finance their nursing homecare. It's known as the Fair Deal scheme because it's supposed to be a fairer way of financing elder care.
Who's to blame for the latest Garda scandals? Since the internal Garda reports on the fake breath tests and summons scandals published last week, calls for heads to roll gathered pace.
Up to 1,000 gardai could face investigation over the fake breathalyser test scandal, the Sunday Independent has learned.
Disaffected Sinn Fein supporters helped by the mother of a Hollywood actor plan to organise forums across Ireland to highlight allegations of mistreatment and bullying within the party ahead of the Ard Fheis in November.
The garda water unit has joined a search for remains of Trevor Deely at a site in Dublin today.
Candles flickered outside Leinster House last Friday night for Jack Watson. Jack, a returned emigrant who was in his 50s, was discovered unconscious in the doorway of the Superdry store on Suffolk Street in Dublin at 4am last Thursday morning and later died.
Transport Minister Shane Ross has signed off on the design and planning of a bridge over a disused railway line at a potential cost of €70,000.
Gardai are entering a "critical stage" in their search for Trevor Deely in heavily wooded land in West Dublin.
A former RTE journalist was evicted from his home in Shankill, Dublin, last week after running up arrears on a €315,000 loan from KBC Bank.
The Irish Philippine Consulate and a private ambulance company made the travel arrangements to bring home the Irish Filipino family injured in the Barcelona terrorist attack.
Alan Hawe, an apparently up-right schoolteacher, killed his wife, Clodagh, and their three boys in a murder-suicide a year ago on Tuesday.
The Garda's counter-terrorist unit is conducting more raids, searches and arrests than ever before linked to supporters of Isil, security sources say.
Gardai are investigating whether 21-year-old Joseph Deacy was followed home after a night out in Mayo and fatally assaulted on his own doorstep.
Gardai investigating the disappearance of bank worker Trevor Deely are focusing on a small group of criminals who operated crime rackets in the area around Dublin’s Grand Canal where the 22 year old was last seen.
New information about the disappearance of Trevor Deely has led to the "most significant" search yet for the 22-year-old who vanished after an office Christmas party 17 years ago.
The family of murder victim Jason Corbett have been outraged at allegations made by convicted murderer Molly Martens Corbett that her husband subjected her to sustained verbal and physical abuse throughout their marriage.
An international authority on excavating human remains has advised the expert group investigating the infant remains buried beneath the former mother and baby home in Tuam.
An unpublished report on the suicide charity, Console, has slated its founder for abusing funds donated to the organisation.
Christy Kinahan's crime cartel has pulled his so-called head of logistics out of Ireland and scaled back its drugs operations here after a string of seizures and arrests sparked fears of a mole within its ranks.
A new national database aimed at recording and making use of Ireland's vacant housing stock has gone live, as new government figures released on the bank holiday weekend reveal the homeless crisis has worsened.
Gardai believe that a man who was found stabbed to death and dumped in a laneway in north Dublin was a Pole in his 30s who may have been living rough.
Carol has terrible manners. She throws herself at me by way of greeting. She shoves her head deep inside my handbag and snorts around in there for ages. Apparently, she has a taste for fine leather wallets but my bag disappoints. She puts her head on my knee and sighs. I scratch her ear. So cute, I think, until she opens her jaws wide, hacks up an almighty cough and blasts it into my face.
The Health Service Executive has launched an internal investigation into a "procurement issue" at the national ambulance service.
A man who claimed he suffered "life-changing" injuries after falling out of a hotel window will be pursued for the €350,000 legal bill racked up by the insurance company that exposed his dishonesty.
The wife of a former ACC manager who was imprisoned for not complying with a court order to vacate their family home was freed on bail yesterday evening following a special sitting of the High Court.
The child and family agency, Tusla, paid more than €28m in legal costs last year. One of the biggest costs was guardian services for children, with 29 individuals and companies sharing €7.5m in fees, on a €125-an-hour flat rate.
The company behind the National Ploughing Championships has racked up profits of €14m as the country's biggest outdoor agricultural festival continues to harvest the cash.
The Office of the Ombudsman noted how a nursing home in Cork included a fee for private advocacy services in its mandatory social charge when volunteer organisations provide advice for free.
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...
The Mercedes and Audi no longer sit in the drive of the house in Clane owned by the one-time charity boss Paul Kelly.
Two footballers with Athlone Town FC have been charged by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) in connection with match fixing, and a third player has been charged in connection with betting, following a month-long investigation.
The Charities Regulator has urged the liquidator of scandal-hit Console to take "all action required" to pursue the suicide bereavement organisation's outstanding assets, a year after its spectacular collapse.
Private nursing homes will be asked to disclose to the regulator any profits they make in fees for 'social programmes' and other services, under measures proposed by Minister for Older People Jim Daly.
Health watchdogs will be given new powers to examine the accounts of nursing homes under radical Government proposals aimed at clamping down on hidden costs within the industry.
Top-up fees levied by private nursing homes on residents struck a chord with many Sunday Independent readers. What was most striking about the families who contacted this newspaper in the wake of last week's revelations of charges amounting to thousands a year for social activities was their fearful insistence on protecting their identities.
False imprisonment charges brought against the Jobstown demonstrators were "over the top" for a "highly untoward" public protest, according to criminal solicitor Frank Buttimer.
Elderly people are being encouraged into incontinence wear in some nursing homes and hospitals so staff don't have to help them to the bathroom.
When Jane's elderly father was admitted to a private nursing home after suffering from ill-health, her family believed they had all the costs covered.
More than €350,000 seized by gardai in Dublin yesterday is believed to be the profits of drug dealer Christy Kinahan's Irish operation.
Enda Kenny fired his parting shot at the end of his final Cabinet meeting as Taoiseach. He is believed to have primed his Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, shortly before the meeting began.
Gardai are to investigate claims made by an Irish Muslim convert that a second jihadi terrorist involved in the London Bridge atrocity visited Ireland on a number of occasions.
At the end of Friday prayers in a converted warehouse unit in the Coolmine Industrial Estate, Blanchardstown, scores of men rise up in their stocking feet in unison. The imam, Sheikh Umar Al-Qadri, invites anyone who wants to stay for the much-anticipated press conference but most head to the exit to fetch their shoes. The press corps who have been standing at the back or skulking...
Letters to a parliamentary assistant, who refused to accept Sinn Fein policy that he should draw only the average minimum wage, reveal how he was berated by the party's head of human resources for not contributing to party funds.
Jonathan Dowdall drove all the way to Newry unaware of the bugging device located somewhere in his €85,000 white BMW. Beside him in the passenger seat was Gerry Hutch, a family friend since childhood and fellow boxing fan.
Follow the money; the mantra is assiduously followed by police enforcement agencies the world over. Including An Garda Siochana.
The Minister for Justice said the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement is not fit for purpose following the spectacular collapse of Sean FitzPatrick's trial.