On the evening of 17 May last, exactly a week before the general election, Bertie Ahern and a woman friend joined other friends in Fagans in Drumcondra. Around 11pm, according to an informant, the developer, Sean Dunne, arrived in the pub and he and Bertie stood aside from the others for a while. They then, along with Bertie's woman friend, went across the road to Bertie's limousine and all three were driven away. This was at a critical time in the planning process for the spectacular development Seán Dunne is proposing for Ballsbridge.
Roy Keane was inappropriately voluble about the failures of the England football team, following its defeat in the Euro qualifiers by Croatia.
Bertie's closest ally (probably one of the few people – the only person – in whom he can confide), Des Richardson has had a torrid time at the Planning Tribunal. Forensically examined by Tribunal counsel, Des O'Neill, he has stumbled over Bertie's first “dig out” (£22,500) on 26 December 1993 (this supposedly was to pay off Bertie's legal fees but he (Bertie) had done that already) and then the admission that he received dollars from a UK businessman, Norman Turner, who had an interest in opening a casino here in 1994.
The High Court judgement in the Irish Times v Tribunal case vindicates the protection of sources by journalists and offers Geraldine Kennedy and Colm Keena an honourable escape for their dilemma By Vincent Browne
To Break Bread
Can the English language survive George Bush (that is if Bertie Aehrn has not strangled it first)?
Anne Enright: Keeping faith with a lively imagination, and intense commitment to language, narrative and character
By Mary Coll
Media Q&A with Liam Toland, Rugby commentator with Setanta Sports, coach with Landsdowne Rugby Club in Dublin and Army Officer with the Defence Forces