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Update: Glenalbyn Swimming Pool

Since the closure of Glenalbyn Swimming Pool in December 2013, both Minister Ross and Inde
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Road safety measures are about saving lives – nothing else.

Speaking in the Dáil on 25th April 2018 in relation to the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill
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Mandarins Maintain Veil of Secrecy

DO you detect the hidden hand of the mandarins in the current Freedom of Information shenanigans?
Mandarins love secrecy. Freedom of Information is a dagger in their hearts, a citizens’ disease seen by them as promoted by populist politicians.

Cowen Flees into the Arms of FAS

ON Monday evening last, Brian Lenihan released Brian Cowen from political bondage. The Taoiseach — reprieved by his Finance Minister — instantly bolted to a safer haven.

No, not to Offaly. Nor into the arms of his demoralised Fianna Fail tribe; but in his mission to save his skin, he turned to a different type of bondage — quango bondage — as he landed straight into the arms of Ireland’s immovables. Identifying unemployment as the biggest sore on the scarred landscape, he issued press releases galore to reinvent himself as a man of action.

First Blood At Fortress Fás

THERE is something of the dark about Fas headquarters in Dublin’s Baggot Street. In recent weeks, my colleague Nick Webb and I have visited Fortress Fas.

Please God, we will never need to do so again.

Fortress Fas has been politically protected for decades.

For several years I have been battling with the bosses manning the Baggot Street barricades.

They have always fought like tigers to avoid publicity. No holds have been barred.

Luckily, the Sunday Independent is strong enough to resist threats from bloated State agencies.

A few months ago, Fas point-blank refused to release basic information about its use of public money, telling us to jump in a lake.

Now we know why.