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HSE PAUL REID’S RADICAL PAST

Paul Reid

WHAT AN interesting journey the new €300,000-salaried HSE director general, Paul Reid, has travelled since the days of his firebrand activism in politics and the trade union movement. Find out more about Reid in the latest issue out now. 

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AIDAN EAMES’S CLIENTS

21/07/2014 Aidan Eames of Eames Solicitors, reading a statement from Angela Kearns to the media outside the Four Courts yesterday(Mon) after a High Court hearing.Pic: Collins Courts

THE MOST influential man in the room at the recent Oireachtas Committee on Sport hearing was not Football Association of Ireland (FAI) demoted executive John Delaney, committee chair Fergus O’Dowd TD nor even FAI president Donal Conway. Legal Svengali, solicitor Aidan Eames sat silently throughout the hearing, but his experience and advice on the Oireachtas... Read more »

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HEEEE’S OUTTA HERE!

Nick Lockwood

PIC: Nick Lockwood RELATIONS between Ireland and the US may have been slightly dented by an incident last week at Dublin Airport, which saw a baseball coach given his marching orders as his visit turned into a surprise home run. Read more in the latest issue. 

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MICHAEL McDOWELL’S FREE MEDIA PLATFORMS

Michael McDowell

DUBLIN BAY South TDs Jim O’Callaghan and Kate O’Connell must have been chewing their carpets at the flattering exposure granted to former minister and attorney general, Senator Michael McDowell, by the state broadcaster in recent weeks. Read more in the latest issue out now.  And you can read Goldhawk’s March 2019 profile of McDowell here... Read more »

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REGINA DOHERTY’S PATERNITY ‘SOLUTION’

MINISTER FOR SOCIAL PROTECTION Regina Doherty hasn’t made any friends among the new Dad community this week. Regina has claimed that the reason for the low up-take of paternity leave among fathers has absolutely nothing to do with cash. Rather, Doherty has said that there is a “narrative that the value of money associated with... Read more »

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‘AMAZING’ SAUDI REFORMS

Interesting to spot in the Indo today, via Bloomberg, that HSBC chief John Flint says he’s “excited about the role that we [HSBC] can play here.” The exuberant Flint was speaking at the high-profile ‘Financial Sector Conference’ held in the medieval kingdom’s capital, Riyadh. Flint was one of many potential investors that skipped a conference... Read more »

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POLICING AUTHORITY REPORT 2018

Charlie Flanagan

PIC: Justice Minister, Charlie Flanagan  THE POLICING AUTHORITY report 2018 found “significant” concern at low crime detection – ie, assaults up; detection of assaults down. Also, senior gardai don’t even see need for “culture” change. Solution? Abolish Policing Authority. Read Goldhawk’s 2018 profile of Charlie Flanagan here to find out more. 

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MARTIN SUPPORTS EU ARMY

Micheál Martin

A STRAINED silence emanated from Fianna Fáil following the revelation that Fine Gael successfully blocked its EU grouping, the European Peoples Party (EPP), from inclusion of support for an EU army in its EU-wide election manifesto. Is this because FF’s EU partners, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), proposes a similar goal... Read more »

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YOUNG BLOOD: MARIA WALSHE

Maria Walshe

IF FINE GAEL’S cosmopolitan leadership could manufacture a candidate under laboratory conditions, the result would probably look a lot like former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh (31).  Read more about the Euro election hopeful in the latest issue of The Phoenix.  You can also read Goldhawk’s profile of FG leader Leo Varadkar, back when he... Read more »

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IFA VS DR WHO

Joe Healy

PIC: Joe Healy When you find yourself picking a fight with schoolkids, chances are you’re going to end up on the losing side, as the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has been finding out.  Read more in the latest issue out now. And you can read more about the IFA, Varadkar, Coveney, Barnier and how agri-lobbyists... Read more »

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REGINA’S ‘BODY SHAMING’

Regina Doherty

Interesting to see Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty hitting out on radio at Saoradh “muppets” after their march at the weekend. However, while the Newstalk website duly highlighted her call for legislation to ensure paramilitary style clothing cannot be used during protests, it opted not to focus on her disappointment at... Read more »

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KERRY (IN)SANITY PLEA

Jim Bailey

PIC: JIM BAILEY ANOTHER HSE controversy is trundling down the tracks, courtesy of Kerry’s Eye, following the HSE’s grudging agreement to correct a false record stating that Castlemaine man Jim Bailey had been admitted to St Finan’s Mental Hospital. Read more in the latest issue out now. 

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PAT MCDONAGH’S NOMINATION

PIC: McDonagh with Roz Purcell  Congratulations to burger baron Pat McDonagh whose name features amongst the contenders for this years EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. One would assume this has something to do with Pat standing up to fast-food behemoth McDonalds. Nice to see that none of those pesky bogus letters regarding the planned... Read more »

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TARGETING BOYD BARRETT

A CAMPAIGN of sorts has been kicked off by film industry insiders, who appear to have had their fill of Richard Boyd Barrett of the People Before Profit (PBP) party.  Find out why in the latest issue out now. You can also read Goldhawk’s profile of Boyd-Barrett below for free. 

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SDLP/FIANNA FÁIL: THE FIRST ITEM

Mark Durkan

PIC: Mark Durkan HOW IS the ‘historic’ Fianna Fáil/SDLP alliance playing out in the European elections, especially in Dublin where FF candidate Barry Andrews would surely value SDLP support given the Blueshirts’ recruitment of ex-SDLP leader Mark ‘Muirsheen’ Durkan in the same election? Find out more in the latest edition hot off the press.  You... Read more »

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GREENWASHING THE BLUESHIRTS

Greta Thunberg

FINE GAEL MEPs managed to embarrass themselves with their limp attitude to Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, along with their colleagues in the European People’s Party (EPP). But they should also be blushing at the EPP’s initial response to climate change wunderchild, Greta Thunberg. The European Parliament was abuzz last week with a visit from... Read more »

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PROFILE: PADDY COSGRAVE

Paddy Cosgrave

Paddy Cosgrave has said he is doing his patriotic duty by targeting Irish tax loopholes. What Cosgrave is doing is what he does best: promoting himself. Read Goldhawk’s profile here to find out more.

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PROFILE: LIADH NÍ RIADA MEP

Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Fifty-nine candidates have declared for the European elections. A total of 13 MEPs will be chosen to represent Ireland in the European Parliament when voters go to the polls at the end of May. Goldhawk has been busy perusing his archives in a bid to dig up some stories on a few of the hopefuls.... Read more »

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GOODBYE MUIRSHEEN DURKAN?

FINE GAEL’S supposed coup in recruiting former SDLP leader, Mark ‘Muirsheen’ Durkan, as their Dublin Euro candidate looks like bombing, despite Leo Varadkar’s initial hubris in putting one over on Micheál Martin and Fianna Fail.  Read more in the latest issue here.  Goldhawk has had his eye on Durkan in the past. The former SDLP... Read more »

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ENDA KENNY’S BUSY SCHEDULE

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One wonders just how Enda Kenny will find time for his new role at VentureWave Capital. While already juggling a position on board the Ireland China Institute, the former Taoiseach has also confounded those familiar with him by landing a string of gigs on the lucrative corporate speaking circuit. Last year, he joined the Speaker... Read more »

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YOUNG BLOODS: GARY GANNON

Gary Gannon

Fifty-nine candidates have declared for the European elections. A total of 13 MEPs will be chosen to represent Ireland in the European Parliament when voters go to the polls at the end of May. Goldhawk has been busy perusing his archives in a bid to dig up some stories on a few of the hopefuls.... Read more »

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GEMMA O’DOHERTY FOR EUROPE?

Gemma O'Doherty

‘Investigative journalist’ Gemma O’Doherty has been accepted as a candidate to run in the Euro elections. In a recent video posted to social media, the former Indo hack said that she was doing so to “fight to the death to save (Ireland) from the desecration that we are seeing all around us”. My nomination for... Read more »

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ALICE MARY HIGGINS

Alice Mary Higgins

Alice Mary Higgins will contest the Dublin Euro elections as an Independent candidate. Goldhawk profiled her back when she was but a Young Blood in 2016.  ALICE MARY HIGGINS (@aliceeire) EU campaign launched by @IrishTimes today. ‘Independent’ senator anxious to disown any endorsement from President dad. Even keener to obliterate the memory of her own... Read more »

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DALY AND WALLACE FOR EUROPE

Clare Daly

Clare Daly and Mick Wallace have confirmed that they will contest the Euro elections in their respective constituencies. Goldhawk predicted this back in March.  You can read it for free here.

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RICHARD BRUTON’S TO DO LIST

Richard Bruton

When Enda Kenny set up the Citizens’ Assembly in 2016, it was to be an exercise in democracy, or perhaps in can-kicking. It wasn’t meant to change much. Three years on, abortion is legally available in Ireland. And now an Oireachtas Committee – created as a direct result of the Assembly – has delivered an... Read more »

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LEFT, LEFT AND LEFT AGAIN

Alice Mary Higgins

THREE OF the four Dublin EU seats are predictable. But the battle for the fourth seat sees at least half a dozen putative candidates crowding on to the pitch; or threatening to. Read more in the new issue. And you can read more about the battle for that fourth seat free of charge here. 

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REFERENDUM CHAOS IN DCU

As Israelis go to the polls, a vote closer to home has descended into farce. Results of a student referendum on whether or not DCU’s Student Union should support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement against Israeli occupation has been nullified over what is being described as a technical fault in the online voting process.... Read more »

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BISHOP CASEY TO BE REINTERRED?

Eamon Casey

ANGER OVER fresh allegations of child sexual abuse and other improprieties going back to the 1960s against disgraced former Bishop Eamonn Casey have been ramped up by his ex-lover, Annie Murphy, who expressed how “shocked and saddened” she is.  Read more in the latest issue. 

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IONA INSTITUTE’S NEW FACES

David Quinn

WHILE DAVID Quinn has been busy preaching to the converted, his Iona Institute has been on something of a recruitment drive and has just added four new directors to its board.  Read more in the latest issue out now.  You can also read Goldhawk’s profile of Iona front man David Quinn here for free. 

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REVOLVING DOORS

Brid Smith

As the saga of Bríd Smith’s Climate Emergency Measures Bill – to ban new oil and gas exploration licences – drags on, Goldhawk has been perusing the lobbying register (www.lobbying.ie). One name that caught his eye was Feargal Purcell, former Fine Gael press officer and later government press secretary under both Enda Kenny and Leo... Read more »

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YOUNG BLOOD: RUAIRÍ Ó MURCHÚ

Ruairí Ó Murchú

The largely unknown Dundalk councillor, Ruairí Ó Murchú, will attempt to replace the rather well-known former Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams, as TD in Louth at the next general election after being co-opted onto the county council just a year and a half ago.  Read more about the SF hopeful here. 

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RUSSIAN ROULETTE IN KILDARE SOUTH

Yesterday, former Fianna Fáil Councillor, Mark Dalton, admitted to stealing more than 200 grand from a Kildare voluntary housing association. Dalton did so by forging Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl’s signature back when the latter was but a lowly TD. Fans of Goldhawk, with half decent memories, will remember The Phoenix reporting on the case... Read more »

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PETER CASEY’S RETREAT

Peter Casey

PETER CASEY’S reversion to the European elections rather than the Dáil has more to do with headlong retreat from Donegal than any gap left by Marian Harkin in the Midlands-North-West Euro constituency. “I will definitely be standing in Donegal at the next general election,” he said in February. Since then, various facts of political life... Read more »

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IRISH HYPOCRISY ON GAZA

Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu has won his fifth term as Prime Minister of Israel. Speaking about Bibi’s victory; Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official, said that Israelis had “overwhelmingly voted for candidates that are unequivocally committed to entrenching the status quo of oppression, occupation, annexation and dispossession in Palestine. “They have chosen an overwhelmingly rightwing, xenophobic and... Read more »

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WIKILEAKS: THE IRISH-US MILITARY CONNECTION

Following the news of Julian Assange’s arrest in London and the very real prospect of him being extradited to the Land of the Free to spend the rest of his natural days in prison, Goldhawk casts his peering gaze back to 2010, when Wikileaks uncovered the connection the US war machine had with a seemingly... Read more »

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RUN RABBITTE RUN FOR DÁIL AND EU

Anne Rabbitte

Why has FF’s constituency committee decided to add Galway East TD, Anne Rabbitte, to the ticket along with Brendan Smith TD in Midlands-North-West (MNW) European constituency?  Read more in the latest issue to find out. And you can find out why Rabbitte felt a slight chill in 2017 for free here. 

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