Guardian revelation on Coulson could be problematic for Cameron

The Guardian newspaper has released a statement regarding the former Tory communications adviser Andy Coulson that could prove problematic for British Prime Minister David Cameron. Prior to the 2010 general election, the Guardian provided information to David Cameron (and the other party leaders) relating to Coulson and the private investigator Jonathan Rees who is at the centre of the phone hacking scandal at News of the World.

James Murdoch announces News of the World closure

The baby, the old saying goes, can sometimes be thrown out with the bathwater. But in today’s stunning news about the closure of the News of the World newspaper after168 years’ publication, it seems the bathwater has been let out to leave 200 staff high and dry while the woman (baby) widely seen as responsible is saved. Angela Long reports.

‘Gobsmacked’, ‘amazed’, ‘astonished’ were the words used by seasoned media watchers and journalists, many who pride themselves on not being surprised by anything.


Tribunal costs payout bonanza to add insult to injury

Everyone from Bertie Ahern to George Redmond stands to be reimbursed because of constitutional catch, writes Vincent Browne.

The scale of the national disaster that has befallen us since September 2008 has dwarfed most other issues formerly of central national importance.

Ireland left to count the true cost of euro dream

An exclusionary venture that values banks ahead of ordinary people – this is not what we signed up for. By Vincent Browne.

Just three years ago we were being bamboozled into voting for the Lisbon Treaty, the then latest stage in the creation of a wondrous European project that would consolidate peace on the continent and promote yet further wealth creation.

Ireland's first citizenship ceremony in Dublin Castle

The following is an edited version of an address delivered by Alan Shatter, Minister for Justice and Equality, at the first Citizenship Ceremony in Dublin Castle on 24 June. This was the first time a 'rite of passage' ceremony was held to mark the significance of gaining citizenship. Up until now, new citizens swore oaths of fidelity and received their naturalisation certificates at court sittings. Seventy-three people participated in the event.

Abductions via Shannon

Village 26 February 2005

Exclusive: Village reveals the use of Shannon and Dublin airports by a plane used by the CIA to abduct suspects in its 'war on terror'. By Vincent Browne and Colin Murphy.

An American Boeing 737 aircraft (registration number N313P), used by the CIA to abduct terrorist suspects in various parts of the world, was routed through Shannon and Dublin on 14 occasions from 1 January 2003 to the end of 2004. This is according to the flight log of the aircraft obtained from Washington DC by Village.