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# Dermot Ahern

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# 37th amendment
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.
# State compensation
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
# The Meaning of Life
Simon Harris says Ireland's blasphemy laws are 'silly' and 'embarrassing'
It’s been suggested by experts that our current blasphemy laws are ‘unenforceable’.
# Before government
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.
# Shaking heads
WATCH: Brian Cowen explains THAT infamous bailout denial
The shaking heads of Dermot Ahern and Noel Dempsey became synonymous with the bailout in 2010.
# Review
"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.
# Mahon
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
US saw 'a dollop of complacency' in Irish efforts to pursue alleged terrorists
The latest Wikileaks cables highlight American concerns.
# Sexual Offences
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.
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…
# Pensions
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.
# Thornton Hall
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.
# community service
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.
# FF Heave
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.
# GE11
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
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.
# Reshuffle
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.
# Brian Cowen
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.
# New Bill
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.
# Christmas Release
134 prisoners to be granted Christmas release
The Department of Justice announces that 134 inmates will be granted varying periods of temporary release.
# Civil Partnerships
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.
# Wikileaks
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”.
# Wikileaks
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.
# Anglo
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.
# Garda
Government names Deputy as new Garda Commissioner
Martin Callinan – currently the Deputy Garda Commissioner – will take over from Fachtna Murphy after Christmas.
# Anglo
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.
# Wikileaks
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.
# Wikileaks
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.
# Dáil Éireann
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.
# Do The Time
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.
# Anglo
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.
# BaNAMA Republic
NAMA denies capping developers salaries at €200k
Indebted developers could be earning even more – but have to shoulder big budget cuts.
# Photocopying
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.
# Boozy Brian?
“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.
# Tiger Kidnappings
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.
# Data Protection
Irish concerns block Israel data sharing deal
EU stops proposed agreement which would grant Israel access to data on EU citizens.
# Prison
90% more people going to prison for unpaid fines
Penal reform group says Irish prison crisis “out of control”.
# Gangland
Gardaí target 15 criminal gangs
Garda Commissioner blames “small core of ruthless killers” for recent gangland killings.
# No Support
Decision to cut support funding "difficult" - Ahern
Group ‘Justice for the Forgotten’ could soon cease to exist.