Following a review by the Receiver, in consultation with the management of the company, of the financial and risk areas of the Sunday Tribune it has been decided that publication of the newspaper together with ... more
The truth about Fintan O'Toole's aborted Dáil bid
A new political movement packed with household names and fronted by David McWilliams, Eamon Dunphy, Shane Ross and Fintan O'Toole, has aborted plans to contest the general election nationwide.

'Democracy Now' had made approaches to a number of high-profile figures including businessman and former Wexford hurling manager Liam Griffin ... more
Where's Enda Kenny?
FOR those arguing the case that Fine Gael is deliberately adopting a tactic of maintaining a low profile for its party leader – or to put it more bluntly, keeping him off the public airwaves – last Thursday week's Six-One news seemed to represent proof positive.

It was an extraordinary day ... more
Drug dealer Tony Felloni freed from jail after 15 years
NOTORIOUS drug trafficker Tony Felloni was released from Mountjoy prison yesterday, having served 15 years of a 20-year prison sentence for the sale and supply of heroin.

The 68-year-old was released from Mountjoy Training Unit at 10.15am yesterday. He emerged wearing a hat and with a scarf covering his ... more
Dunphy backs RTÉ employees angry at stars' 'inflated' pay
Broadcaster and pundit Eamon Dunphy has rowed in behind RTé staff angry over the "disproportionate" salaries of the station's highest-paid contract stars, and said he would welcome another move to reduce wages.

The outspoken former soccer player led the charge for pay cuts this time two years ago by ... more
Sports media 'like the '50s', say female journalists
Ireland's female sports journalists greeted last week's sexism controversy involving Andy Gray and Richard Keys with a weary mixture of anger, bemusement and a familiar feeling of "here we go again".

Gray and Keys left sports channel Sky Sports after a sound clip was leaked of conversations in ... more
A rush and a push and it's on with the election campaign
It's no way to run a country. Yesterday, the Seanad sat through a novel weekend sitting. The state of emergency was brought about by the mad rush to pass the finance bill. The bill must be rushed because there's a mad rush to have a general election. And ... more
Labour axes third tax rate proposal due to new social charge
LABOUR'S proposal to have a new 48% tax rate will not now be included in the party's general election manifesto – with the policy change being prompted by the government's introduction of the universal social charge in last December's budget.

Party sources have confirmed that the introduction ... more
Shane Ross could reap pension windfall if he wins Dáil seat
Independent Dáil candidate and scourge of the public sector "gravy train" Senator Shane Ross would be entitled to apply for a bumper pension payday and a massively increased final pension lump sum if he gets elected as a TD, it has emerged.

This is because a generous Oireachtas pension ... more
'Slick Micheál' makes inroads but Fianna Fáil still floundering
MICHEÁL Martin has taken just four days to become the preferred choice for Taoiseach, according to a shock opinion poll published today.

According to the Red C/Sunday Business Post poll, 31% of voters plump for Martin – who became Fianna Fáil leader only last Tuesday ? as their best ... more
Cowen under fire for plan to 'stuff' state boards with cronies
TAOISEACH Brian Cowen and his six remaining government ministers made a collective decision at last Tuesday's cabinet meeting to fill all vacancies on state boards before they leave office.

The Sunday Tribune has learn­ed that the weakened cabinet – consisting of just seven Fianna Fáil ministers – made the ... more
Martin's deputy, front bench and campaign chief named tomorrow
NEW Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will make a series of key announcements tomorrow on his deputy leader, a newly created front bench and a director of elections.

Martin is also engaged in intense behind-the-scenes discussions on Fianna Fáil's candidate strategy with a view to reducing ... more
Aer Lingus dispute unresolved after breakdown in talks
Resolution of the two-week-old dispute between Aer Lingus and its cabin crew remained in the balance this weekend after talks at the Labour Relations Commission broke up on Friday night without agreement.

The commission's director of conciliation, Kevin Foley, was in contact with both sides yesterday to see if ... more
Wife-killer McArdle fights extradition bid
CONVICTED killer Dermot McArdle appeared before the High Court in Dublin yesterday as an extradition attempt to return him to Spain to jail him in relation to his wife's killing got underway.

McArdle (41) of Haynestown, Dundalk, Co Louth, was remanded in custody yesterday with consent to bail, which ... more
John O'Conor defends academy expenses
PIANIST John O'Conor has defended the expenses he received as director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, insisting his lavish spending was necessary to raise funds.

O'Conor came under fire when it was revealed he spent thousands of euro entertaining in restaurants and at his home. His ... more
Congress of Trade Unions recruits senior economist
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has advertised for a senior economist to lead a new Economic Intelligence Unit aimed at countering what the unions see as the rise of the "stockbroker economist" view.

Congress is seeking "an exceptional leader to direct a programme of research that has the potential ... more
Parting shot: Ireland's new wave of economic emigrants feature in photographic project
They come from different backgrounds, but are united by the common thread of looming emigration.

Captured in haunting technicolour during the months and weeks leading up to their departure, all of the 24 individuals, couples and families who have taken part in a photographic project entitled 'Leaving Dublin' over the ... more
Ex-Ibec press officer lashes out at group over 'scare tactics' on Irish jobs
A former press officer with the influential employers' lobby group Ibec has claimed he was frequently asked to regurgitate "evidenceless" press statements about the potential cost to jobs of any initiatives or legislation it opposed.

In a scathing attack on the organisation, Brussels-based lobbyist Richard More O'Ferrall – who now ... more
Chef Cooke hoping it's third-time lucky with new Crosbie venture
Developer Harry Crosbie is set to open a new restaurant next to Dublin's Grand Canal Theatre which will be run by well-known chef Johnny Cooke.

Rita Crosbie, Harry's wife, will manage the new restaurant, Cafe Bar H, which will open fully by the end of the month. She ... more
Energy suppliers report surge in bad debt
Energy companies experienced a significant increase in the number of customers who were unable to pay their gas and electricity bills last year and the situation is expected to get worse in the months ahead.

"Bord Gais wrote off €3m worth of bad debt in 2009 and the figures for ... more
Raonaid Murray murder still a mystery at end of cold-case review
A GARDA cold case review into the murder of teenager Raonaid Murray in 1999 has concluded and the circumstances of her death remain a mystery.

The Sunday Tribune understands the final report by the Serious Crime Review Team – commonly known as the cold case unit – is currently being drafted. The ... more
Dublin to host cancer pain relief seminar
An estimated 50,000 cancer survivors in Ireland are in chronic pain, but recent advances in pain management can help to significantly improve their quality of life, a major conference to be held in Dublin this week will hear.

Dr Declan O'Keeffe, pain consultant at St Vincent's Hospital ... more
Greens' free-to-air rugby proposal kicked to touch
Green Party plans to designate Six Nations and Heineken Cup rugby matches as free to air are effectively "dead in the water" and are unlikely to go ahead under a new government, the Sunday Tribune has learned.

In a development which will be seen as a victory for the IRFU ... more
No love left between Sinn Féin and Labour
IT kicked off shortly after 11pm last Sunday night and after a week of back-biting it hasn't gone away you know. The public spat between Sinn Féin and the Labour Party already looks set to be a dominant feature of Election 2011.

On RTé's The Week in ... more
Shinning up the political pole to at least 23 seats
I was in the RDS late on the night that the count for Dublin Central was concluded in the 2007 general election. A forlorn Mary Lou McDonald stood alone in the entrance of the count centre, no doubt contemplating how her own, and Sinn Féin's, rosy prospects a ... more
Take the money and (do not) run
Lump-sum payoffs and pensions for the 32 TDs and ministers who are retiring next month will cost the exchequer over €10m during the next couple of years.

Lump-sum payments, which cover a bewildering array of staggered termination payments over the 12 months after they leave office, as well as payoffs ... more
Let's brace ourselves for a bombardment of promises
We know where Sinn Féin stands on economics, but what is the party's policy on looting? For instance, would it advocate shooting looters on sight? Or would it take a more tolerant line on those who might forage for food?

The party's policy on looting is relevant ... more
Politicians save their best bullshit for the campaign trail
As our grandparents saved the good china for special occasions, so politicians save the really good bullshit for the campaign trail.

"We live longer than anyone else in Europe," said Barry Andrews, defending the HSE on Tonight with Vincent Browne on Tuesday. (We don't, as he later admitted.)

"It ... more
Election 2011 Twitter cloud extends from Brian Cowen to Monty Python
The above cloud is based on the analysis of tweets published between 20 and 27 January. Each tweet contains the popular tag #ge11 (General Election 2011). In total, 15,561 tweets were analysed – the larger the word in the cloud, the more frequently it appeared.

Thursday 20 January marked the ... more
Election Countdown, The Tallyman
In Camera

Fourteen years out of Leinster House, ex-TDs yearn to return

WHILE much attention has been focused on the 32 retiring TDs (and their €8m windfall), an interesting crop of former deputies are shaping up to retake their seats.

No fewer than 16 men and women who were previously ... more
December's big freeze to cost economy €1.5bn, leading economist warns
The final cost of December's big freeze will be close to €1.5bn, according to a leading economist.

The figure includes insurance payouts, infrastructural repairs and losses to businesses, said Jim Power, chief economist with Friends First.

"Last December was supposed to be when Irish retailers got the massive ... more
Firefighters unions see red over €62,000 account
SIPTU and a break-away emergency services union have entered into a legal battle over the rights to a €62,000 bank account, the Sunday Tribune has learned.

The cash reserve, collected from staff at Dublin Fire Brigade, was established in 2002 and used to finance research and training.

However, it ... more
Children under six not monitored for absenteeism
The state body charged with monitoring school absenteeism does not compile statistics on how many children under the age of six regularly miss school, meaning it is powerless to identify potential cases of severe neglect in this age group

In a revelation which has been branded "shocking" by one Dublin ... more
Road-building plans are not in line with fall in traffic levels, say experts
IRELAND HAS 2.5 times more kilometres of motorway per head of population than Britain, according to extensive new research into our 'ghost roads'.

The Sunday Tribune has obtained details of a research document which was compiled for the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Ireland (CILT) which argues that Ireland ... more
Tragic Irish activist's family home as Zanzibar trial adjourns
THE family of a young Irish charity worker killed in Zanzibar have returned to Ireland after attending the first day of his alleged killer's trial, which was adjourned within hours of opening and is due to resume on 8 February.

Robert Stringer (26), from Newcastle, Co Wicklow, was found ... more
Firefighters at Dublin blaze 'seconds' from death
THREE Dublin firefighters were within seconds of being killed by a collapsing structure in scenes reminiscent of the Bray tragedy three years ago that claimed two lives.

An investigation is now underway into the fire in south Dublin last week in which the three men only escaped because somebody outside ... more
Billboard poster 'lost revenue' row erupts
DUBLIN City Council has been criticised for passing up on hundreds of thousands of euro in potential advertising revenue from a company it allows to hang posters on public property around the capital.

The local authority has had a longstanding agreement with Irish Poster Advertising Ltd (IPA) – an events promotion ... more
Here comes the bus... real-time information system ready to go
Dublin Bus commuters will soon know exactly how long they will have to wait for the next bus with the launch of the eagerly awaited electronic real-time information system at a dozen stops across the city.

Originally supposed to be introduced before Christmas but delayed because of the bad weather ... more
Horses abandoned to starve and die by cash-strapped owners
An alarming number of horses are being abandoned in fields to starve and die because their owners have been hit by the recession, according to an animal sanctuary.

Holly's Horse Haven said it was rescuing up to four horses a week, many of which are in a life-threatening condition ... more
He laid waste to Dublin's inner city, and to his own children
IN a strange coincidence, there is a heroin drought in Dublin city at the same time as Ireland's most notorious drug dealer is getting out of prison. Tony Felloni, better known as King Scum, has been off the streets for 15 years. His re-emergence into society yesterday is unlikely ... more
Sisters hit out at probe into murder cover-up
The McCartney sisters have expressed serious concerns about how the North's police ombudsman is handling a complaint they made about the PSNI investigation into the IRA murder of their brother Robert.

Catherine McCartney said: "We've been through the motions of a trial that was never going anywhere. If ... more
News In Brief
House fires - Woman dies in apartment blaze

A 29-year-old woman died in an apartment fire in the early hours of yesterday morning. The blaze broke out in the apartment in the Grenville Street area of Dublin's north inner city and the alarm was raised at about 1.30am.

Elsewhere ... more
Bloody Sunday families divided over march
The Bloody Sunday families are divided over whether today's march to mark the 39th anniversary of those murdered by British paratroopers will be the last, with some relatives pledging to continue to organise the annual event. Thousands are expected at today's gathering in Derry, which will retrace the ... more
Ex-IRA man to stand against Sinn Féin in election
An ex-IRA man who served 15 years in Long Kesh is set to stand against Sinn Féin in West Belfast in the North's council elections.

Republican sources said Padraic McCotter, who is related to former IRA chief-of-staff Seamus Twomey, is planning to contest the seat for Éiríg ... more
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