Irish Minister for Justice and Law Reform
Dermot Ahern announces he is not to contest his seat in Dail Eireann at the next general election (due in 2011) as he has "a painful medical condition necessitating heavy medication".
Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern has said that he will not contest his Dáil seat at the next General Election.
The Irish Times
Former government minister Michael Lowry refuses to resign the seat he recently claimed back in Dail Eireann in the aftermath of the Moriarty Tribunal's findings that he assisted billionaire businessman Denis O'Brien "beyond doubt" in gaining a mobile phone license for Esat Digifone, in actions judged "disgraceful and insidious" by the tribunal. Taoiseach Enda Kenny admits Fine Gael accepted a donation worth thousands of dollars from Esat at the time. 2011-03-24 (Context: Dail Eireann, recently claimed back)
Taoiseach Brian Cowen promises to dissolve Dail Eireann next Tuesday and to announce the date of the Irish general election, 2011. 2011-01-28 (Context: Dail Eireann, recently claimed back)
Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey, Minister for Justice and Law Reform Dermot Ahern and Minister for Defence Tony Killeen all resign following the recent resignations of Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin. 2011-01-20 (Context: Dermot Ahern, Minister for Justice and Equality)
Bertie Ahern, the former taoiseach who led the stricken Fianna Fail political party from 1994 until 2008, announces he is to resign from Dail Eireann at the forthcoming general election. 2010-12-30 (Context: Dail Eireann, recently claimed back)
Three detainees held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, are sent abroad to two countries. Ireland accepts two detainees of Uzbeki origin in a humanitarian gesture, with Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Dermot Ahern saying Ireland was one of the first countries in Europe to call for the closure of Guantanamo Bay and that the two men would now be given time to rebuild their lives. 2009-09-26 (Context: Dermot Ahern, Minister for Justice and Equality)