Controversial detectives back on the stand

Two detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation have been at the centre of the Morris Tribunal investigations recently. They were involved in obtaining a “confession” from Frank McBrearty jnr for a murder that never happened. These same detectives were also involved in previous controversial cases. By Frank Connolly

No facilities for Bray's world champion boxer

World champion and two-time European champion lightweight boxer, Katie Taylor, must train in the kitchen of her parents' home due to lack of facilities in her native Bray. Her father and trainer, Pete Taylor, said that while Katie is fortunate to be able to train at home, 58 other boxers in St Fergal's Boxing Club have no facilities.

Fragments 18-01-07

“I will not put Fianna Fáil back in government. Now is there any part of that you don't understand?” - Pat Rabbitte, 8 January 2007 on Questions and Answers 

 PLUS Bertie's speech at the opening of Leas Cross 23 April, 1998

News Fragments 11-01-2007

The blatherers: Henry and Ryan

Henry Kelly was a fine journalist. We worked together in Belfast in the early-1970s. Henry was a superb news reporter and a colourful writer. Douglas Gageby (the celebrated editor of the Irish Times) thought highly of him and Henry might have been in contention for the editorship when Gageby first retired in 1974.

AIB stalls on compensation commitment

Ireland's largest bank is involved in yet another controversy – this time on its failure to meet its own commitment to pay €20.6m to charity, money that it wrongly took from its customers. And still nobody has ever lost their job at AIB or been prosecuted even though the bank has been mired in scandal for over a decade. By Frank Connolly