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#Ray Burke

# ray-burke - Saturday 17 January, 2015

Explainer: Why are the Tribunals back in the news?

Ray Burke was on the front pages this week. No, it’s not 2002 again. Read on…

# ray-burke - Sunday 31 August, 2014

Check out this video of Fianna Fáil minister Ray Burke 'baring his soul' to the Dáil in 1997

Four months after Fianna Fáil’s return to power, the new minister is embroiled in controversy.

# ray-burke - Monday 24 March, 2014

In 85 years, just seven TDs have resigned from the Dáil. Who and why?

Excluding those who have resigned their seat to take up another political position or ill-health, there have been just a handful of resignations from parliament over principle or controversy down the years. Who are they? And why have there been so few?

# ray-burke - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

Haughey government decided ministers should get a safe and shredder in their homes

If they required them, that is. The Fine Gael-led coalition tried to get them back in 1983 after they came to power.

# ray-burke - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

The who’s who of the Mahon Tribunal

The longest-running inquiry in the history of the State has concluded its report – these were some of the names it focused on.

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.

# ray-burke - Saturday 14 July, 2012

New RTÉ head hails 'great people' after staff warned over tweets

Staff at the State broadcaster used Twitter to congratulate Kevin Bakhurst on his new role before being warned by the chief news editor to rein it in.

# ray-burke - Tuesday 24 April, 2012

Mahon whistleblower James Gogarty left with €1m legal costs

James Gogarty incurred legal costs of over €4.5 million for Mahon – but the State was only willing to cover €3.56 million.

# ray-burke - Tuesday 27 March, 2012

Column: ‘I thought it would last two months’ – the man whose ad led to Mahon

Colm Mac Eochaidh, one of the two men whose offer of a £10,000 reward for information about planning corruption led to the Mahon Tribunal, reflects on the past 15 years.

# ray-burke - Saturday 24 March, 2012

Power, payments, politicians and planning: the Mahon Tribunal in numbers

How much did the report cost per page? How many times does it mention ‘corruption’? And who opposed setting it up?

# ray-burke - Thursday 22 March, 2012

"Will we f**k": The Mahon Tribunal in quotes

From Bertie Ahern and his Holy Communion money to the Bailey brothers laughing at the idea of getting a receipt, here’s some of the most striking quotes from the Mahon Tribunal over the past 15 years.

# ray-burke - 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.

# ray-burke - Friday 30 July, 2010

THEY’VE JUST RELEASED their first album and are arguably one of the most successful new Irish acts, but should we really rename Dublin Airport after a pair of X Factor rejects?

But Ryanair have launched a poll to rename Dublin Airport after the government announced it would consider renaming the airport, prior the opening of terminal two in September.

It’s not uncommon for airports across the world to be named after famous citizens. Liverpool airport was renamed recently as John Lennon Airport, JFK Airport in New York is named after the former president and Charles De Gaulle in Paris, after the former French President.

Ryanair’s poll gives a number of choices for the airports renaming including:

  • Dublin “The Zoo” Airport – home of expensive white elephants (T2)…
  • Dublin “Ray Burke” Airport – “will we get a receipt – will we f**k”…
  • Dublin “Bertie Ahern” Airport –from North Dublin, cost taxpayers a fortune….
  • Dublin “Ivor Callely” Airport – expensive, but is it in Dublin or Cork?
  • Dublin “Jedward” Airport – prices rise quicker than their hair.

Stephen McNamara a spokesperson for Ryanair said: “The Govt has decided that the most pressing issue at Dublin Airport is not that T2 will double capacity to 60m passengers p.a. while traffic collapses to less than 17m p.a., but rather that Dublin airport should be renamed.

Ryanair are offering voters the chance to win a weekend trip to Venice for two, including accommodation in a four star hotel and €1,000 spending money.