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# dermot-ahern - Sunday 23 September, 2018

Explainer: What is the upcoming blasphemy referendum about?

Nearly one in three voters are unsure how they’ll vote in the referendum on 26 October.

# dermot-ahern - Monday 16 July, 2018

Garda who suffered PTSD after shotgun was fired at him awarded €250,000 in compensation

The now-retired Garda was later awarded the Scott Medal for bravery

# dermot-ahern - Monday 8 May, 2017

Simon Harris says Ireland's blasphemy laws are 'silly' and 'embarrassing'

It’s been suggested by experts that our current blasphemy laws are ‘unenforceable’.

# dermot-ahern - Wednesday 10 February, 2016

Revealed: Labour voted against extending Special Criminal Court's powers in 2009

Legislation to extend the powers of the non-jury court to deal with cases involving organised crime was opposed at final stages by Joan Burton and her party.

# dermot-ahern - Wednesday 8 July, 2015

WATCH: Brian Cowen explains THAT infamous bailout denial Shaking Heads This post contains videos

WATCH: Brian Cowen explains THAT infamous bailout denial

The shaking heads of Dermot Ahern and Noel Dempsey became synonymous with the bailout in 2010.

# dermot-ahern - Wednesday 14 May, 2014

"Micromanaging gardaí" is not something the Justice Department should do - former ministerial advisor

Richard Moore, who worked with former Minsiter Dermot Ahern, has questioned how the Department handles complaints.

# dermot-ahern - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

Mahon Tribunal timeline: From whistleblower to digouts Mahon This post contains videos

Mahon Tribunal timeline: From whistleblower to digouts

Here’s everything you need to know to get to grips with the planning and permission tribunal of inquiry, which published its final chapter this morning.

# dermot-ahern - Monday 8 April, 2013

US saw 'a dollop of complacency' in Irish efforts to pursue alleged terrorists

The latest Wikileaks cables highlight American concerns.

# dermot-ahern - Tuesday 19 March, 2013

TD claims Ireland is becoming a 'safe haven for convicted sex offenders'

Denis Naughten takes issue with laws that don’t require sex offenders to register with Gardaí immediately upon arrival here.

# dermot-ahern - Sunday 17 June, 2012

Explainer: Why have just seven ASBOs been issued in Ireland in five years?

While thousands were issued in the UK in the years before they were overhauled recently, the use of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders in Ireland has been minuscule. So are they working and do we still need them? investigates…

# dermot-ahern - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

In full: what former ministers get after the government's new levy

We’ve gone through the list of ministerial pensions to see precisely how each living former minister is hit by the various levies.

# dermot-ahern - Thursday 28 July, 2011

Independent review recommends scaling down Thornton Hall plans

Alan Shatter says the government accepts, in principle, the recommendations to build only a 300-cell facility.

# dermot-ahern - Tuesday 22 March, 2011

The new government's first legislation... the old government's policy

The new government’s first legislation, to go before the Dáil tomorrow, advances policies laid down by the last cabinet.

# dermot-ahern - Thursday 20 January, 2011

Backbenchers could still plan coup to oust Cowen

Fianna Fáil backbenchers aren’t happy about how the cabinet crisis was managed – and the knives could still be out.

Cowen's new cabinet and election date: his statement in full

The full text of Brian Cowen’s full statement to the Dáil, announcing his restructured cabinet and the date of the election.

Cabinet reshuffle expected as sixth minister quits

Batt O’Keeffe joins Mary Harney, Noel Dempsy, Dermot Ahern and Tony Killeen in announcing his departure from the cabinet.

Don't bother with reshuffle, call an election - opposition

The opposition parties say the latest developments around the cabinet table are a sign an election should be called.

# dermot-ahern - Tuesday 18 January, 2011

Cowen set for victory after Lenihan shows hand

Brian Lenihan confirms he’ll vote for Brian Cowen in today’s vote – all but assuring the Taoiseach’s success in today’s vote.

# dermot-ahern - Wednesday 29 December, 2010

Government approves preparation of "corporate manslaughter" bill

Bill paves the way for the introduction of criminal liability over workplace deaths and deaths arising from faulty products and services.

# dermot-ahern - Thursday 23 December, 2010

134 prisoners to be granted Christmas release

The Department of Justice announces that 134 inmates will be granted varying periods of temporary release.

Ahern signs order to enable civil partnerships

The Commencement Order is signed to bring the Civil Partnership Act into law as of January 1 next year.

# dermot-ahern - Friday 17 December, 2010

Ahern suspected US carried prisoners through Shannon: WikiLeaks

Dermot Ahern suspected there had been at least three rendition flights through Shannon, but took America’s word for it – even though he feared paying “a severe political price”.

Ireland suspected Shannon had carried prisoners: the WikiLeak in full

The full text of the leaked document suggesting Ireland believed Shannon Airport had been used to transfer prisoners of war.

# dermot-ahern - Thursday 16 December, 2010

DPP to receive bank file within 24 hours

Two major files are to be sent to the DPP following an investigation into alleged financial irregularities involving banks.

# dermot-ahern - Tuesday 14 December, 2010

Government names Deputy as new Garda Commissioner

Martin Callinan – currently the Deputy Garda Commissioner – will take over from Fachtna Murphy after Christmas.

# dermot-ahern - Sunday 12 December, 2010

DPP set to receive major file on Anglo chiefs

Gardaí are finalising the first major file to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions on the management of Anglo.

# dermot-ahern - Wednesday 1 December, 2010

Government targeted US-Shannon flights to dampen election criticism - WikiLeaks

The US government considered a civil case against five Irish anti-war protestors, according to the first WikiLeaks document on Ireland.

The first Irish WikiLeak: the full contents

The full transcript of the leaked memo written by ambassador James C Kenny on the US attitude to flights at Shannon.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: no sign of a thaw in icy conditions, John Gormley compares being a government minister to being “in asylum” and Fruitbatgate lecturer claims he was not given a fair hearing.

# dermot-ahern - Tuesday 30 November, 2010

Justice minister Ahern to retire at next election

The Louth TD will step down having succumbed to a “painful medical condition”, after serving for 24 years.

# dermot-ahern - Wednesday 10 November, 2010

Push for community service sentences to save €17m

The government is pushing for more community service sentences to be given out over jail time in the hope of saving the public purse millions.

# dermot-ahern - Friday 29 October, 2010

Garda Commissioner says "major investigation" into Anglo underway

Minister Ahern says he’s aware of public outrage over Anglo, and a team of 40 is working to produce a file for the DPP.

# dermot-ahern - Tuesday 26 October, 2010

NAMA denies capping developers salaries at €200k

Indebted developers could be earning even more – but have to shoulder big budget cuts.

# dermot-ahern - Thursday 7 October, 2010

Ahern admits Garda file was photocopied in Reads

The Minister for Justice admits that a file on an alleged criminal gang was brought to a shop for photocopying.

# dermot-ahern - Tuesday 14 September, 2010

“It’s well known that the Taoiseach suffers from congestion sometimes”

Fianna Fáil ministers rally around the ‘hoarse’ and ‘congested’ Taoiseach after his controversial Morning Ireland interview.

# dermot-ahern - Friday 3 September, 2010

Shatter leaves Ahern’s ‘ATM tax’ idea in smithereens

Fine Gael’s justice spokesman ridicules the justice minister’s idea of a “kidnapper’s tax” for ATM withdrawals.

# dermot-ahern - Thursday 2 September, 2010

Irish concerns block Israel data sharing deal

EU stops proposed agreement which would grant Israel access to data on EU citizens.

# dermot-ahern - Saturday 7 August, 2010

OVER 10% MORE people went to jail last year than in 2008, according to the latest report from the Irish Prison Service (IPS). A total of 15,425 people went to prison in 2009, an increase of 13.8%.

There was a huge increase in the numbers imprisoned for failing to pay court-ordered fines through 2009 – over 90% up on 2008 to 4,806.

The daily average number of people in custody increased by 8.5% (337 prisoners) and most prisons operated at or above full capacity.

Last week, a report from the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IRPT) criticised the government’s plan to break the new Thornton Hall facility into three construction stages. The group said the new plan would mean prison overcrowding would continue, and new capacity would be filled.

Responding to the prison service’s report, the IRPT said that the prison crisis “is now completely out of control” and the number of prisoners is not only increasing, but that increase is accelerating.

# dermot-ahern - Thursday 22 July, 2010

GARDA COMMISSIONER Fachtna Murphy says the gardaí are targetting 15 criminal gangs around the country in their fight against gang-related crime, RTÉ reports.

He said that recent murders had been carried out by a “small core of ruthless killers who are still intent on eliminating their rivals.”

There have been four gangland murders in the past month. Commissioner Murphy said specialist armed gardaí are patrolling the areas of Dublin where those murders took place.

The commissioner said that files on 12 of the gangs are currently with the DPP and gang members are  under surveillance.

Minister Dermot Ahern said that the gardaí have been successful at bringing many cases to the DPP, and he hopes substantial cases will be brought before the Special Criminal Court.

The commissioner and the minister were both speaking at the graduation ceremony for 260 newly-qualified gardaí at Templemore in Co Tipperary.

Minister Dermot Ahern has described the decision to cut funding to a victim support group as “difficult”.

Justice for the Forgotten, a group which represents victims of the Troubles, said yesterday that it would have to close down within a month due to funding cuts.

Minister Ahern said  the government could now not give it any more financial assistance, but had provided funding for the group since it was set up.

Labour TD Joe Costello criticised the government’s failure to provide funding for the group as “reneging on its obligations under the Good Friday Agreement.”

Under the Declaration of Support at the start of the Agreement, the governments of Britain and of Ireland agreed to: “never forget those who have died or been injured, and their families.”

The group was set up in 1996, and is the main liaison between victims and their families, and inquiries into violence that operate in the North, and with garda investigations.

It says it is at a disadvantage regarding funding due to its location because similar groups in the North are being supported by British, EU and US funding.

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