Mary Regan

Mary Regan

5 questions for communications minister Denis Naughten

5 questions for communications minister Denis Naughten

A number of questions remain about the story that goes to the heart of the nexus between politics, lobbyists and big business

INM parries a strike by the corporate enforcer

INM parries a strike by the corporate enforcer

As the ODCE’s move to appoint High Court inspectors is blocked by a judicial review application, the Taoiseach is accused of undermining the corporate watchdog. Francesca Comyn and Mary Regan report

Facebook is warned over plan to move 1.5 billion users

Facebook is warned over plan to move 1.5 billion users

Plans by Facebook to move 1.5 billion users out of reach of new European privacy laws may not be possible without the agreement of users, according to a senator who has been to the forefront on data protection issues

Our lucrative hidden industry

Our lucrative hidden industry

The INM/Denis Naughten fiasco has shone a light on lobbying - not because of laws on transparency, but because of random chance

Naughten met lobbyist twice in ten days following INM announcement of Celtic Media deal

Naughten met lobbyist twice in ten days following INM announcement of Celtic Media deal

Naughten's spokesperson said that he did not discuss the proposed acquisition of Celtic Media by INM at either of these meetings

Questions to data chief on INM ruled out

Questions to data chief on INM ruled out

A row broke out at a meeting of the Oireachtas Communications Committee after Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley asked Helen Dixon whether stronger laws were needed to protect journalists' data

Profile Helen Dixon: The data detective

Profile Helen Dixon: The data detective

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NAMA will not appeal decision it broke law over data

NAMA will not appeal decision it broke law over data

Agency has not yet provided developers Michael and John O’Flynn with all of the personal information it held on them

Mary Regan: Silence from Dáil on media monopolies

Mary Regan: Silence from Dáil on media monopolies

Successive governments have been running scared from the issues of media monopoly and press freedom for years

Sex and the syllabus

Sex and the syllabus

Given the continuing influence of Catholic organisations in our schools, plans for an objective sex education are unlikely to succeed

Power, politics and the press

Power, politics and the press

The controversy surrounding INM raises some uncomfortable questions about politics and the media in Ireland

Catholic groups will resist plans to axe religion from sex education

Catholic groups will resist plans to axe religion from sex education

Catholic Primary Schools Management Association warns move may be unconstitutional

Fianna Fáil’s confidence in government deal is at a low ebb

Fianna Fáil’s confidence in government deal is at a low ebb

Getting into the agreement took weeks of negotiations, but it will be far trickier for the party to navigate its way out of it

Old habits die hard

Old habits die hard

Leo Varadkar’s comments in Washington DC last week and the ongoing costs of the 1990s tribunals are an unwelcome reminder that the political culture of cronyism and favours is not just a thing of the past

Varadkar tightlipped on salary of new communications guru

Varadkar tightlipped on salary of new communications guru

Marketing expert John Concannon has been appointed by the government to lead a new Strategic Communications Unit