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# golfgate
Phil Hogan ‘paid very high price politically’ for Golfgate controversy – Varadkar
Hogan described Fine Gael as being wrong to go into government following the 2020 General Election.
# Back in the hotseat
Two years since his return was cancelled after Golfgate, Sean O'Rourke has a new show on RTÉ
The broadcaster previously said he should not have attended the controversial Clifden dinner.
# golfgate
Oireachtas Golf Society told not to use state harp emblem as its logo
A government department had fears that the state could suffer reputational damage.
# golfgate
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar meets with three Golfgate senators
The charges against all defendants in the ‘Golfgate’ were dismissed this month.
# golfgate
Former EU Commissioner Phil Hogan was not 'treated like a criminal', says Taoiseach
Micheál Martin says Hogan paid a very heavy price at the time.
# golfgate
Phil Hogan may seek compensation over resignation during golfgate saga
Hogan has spoken to a French newspaper about his interactions with Ursula von der Leyen as the controversy raged.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the Oireachtas Golf Society be disbanded?
The group is reportedly planning to hold a golf outing later this year.
# Fianna Fáil
Taoiseach says Dara Calleary 'paid a high price' for Golfgate and suggests 'a way back' for the former minister
Martin was speaking following the completion of a trial in which four men had their charges dismissed.
# Galway District Court
Golfgate trial: Judge dismisses charges against all four defendants
The trial of two politicians and two hoteliers has completed.
# oireachtas golf society
Golfgate trial: Former AG Seámus Woulfe describes 'hazy knowledge' of guidelines
Woulfe was present at the dinner and had played golf with the society on the day of the dinner.
# Galway
Golfgate trial hears 'the public was whipped up into hysteria' and 'good people had to resign'
The case is being heard at Galway District Court.
All time
# tee-up
Golfgate court hearing could last 5 days as over 50 witnesses to be heard
Judge Mary Fahy set aside 6 and 7 January for the opening days of the hearing.
# Disagreed
'You're trying to say an apple's an orange': Martin and Varadkar want perspective on Zapponegate
The Tánaiste said he regrets going “anywhere near” the Merrion Hotel event.
# clifden court
'Golfgate' case against current TD, former senator and two hoteliers is adjourned to October
The court was told the case could take three days if it goes to a full hearing.
# golfgate
Canada: top military chief resigns over golf game controversy
Mike Rouleau admitted to playing golf with a retired former Chief of Staff being investigated for alleged sexual misconduct.
# Former Taoiseach
Enda Kenny says it's time to 'move on' from golfgate as he rules out presidential ambitions
The former taoiseach played golf at the event but did not attend the controversial dinner.
# golfgate
Four people to be prosecuted over alleged Covid breaches at infamous Golfgate event
On 19 August last year, 81 people attended a dinner in a Clifden hotel, Co Galway as part of an Oireachtas Golf Society event.
# Clifden dinner
'We'll let the DPP decide': Former Minister Dara Calleary not expecting personal charges from Golfgate
Calleary said he absolutely regrets and apologises for having attended the controversial dinner.
# Clifden dinner
File on Golfgate investigation sent to Director of Public Prosecutions
The Oireachtas Golf Society guests are said to have been split into two separate groups to keep under the 50-person limit.
# Supreme Court
Embattled judge Seamus Woulfe listed for his first Supreme Court sitting next month
Woulfe is listed for sittings on three days next month, 4, 12 and 19 February.
# golfgate
Whip restored to three Fianna Fáil senators who attended Oireachtas golf dinner last August
The three senators apologized after attending the golf dinner in August.
# golfgate
Fine Gael readmits three senators who lost the party whip over their attendance at Golfgate dinner
The party whip was removed from Senators Jerry Buttimer, Paddy Burke and John Cummins in August.
# Holding firm
Martin vows to lead Fianna Fáil into next election
The Taoiseach also ruled out the prospect of any Fianna Fáil ministerial reshuffle in the near future.
# judicial appointments
McEntee says new process for appointing judges will be 'streamlined and transparent'
A nine-person panel to select judges has been proposed by the Justice Minister.
# Helen McEntee
Justice minister to face Dáil questions on Woulfe Supreme Court appointment today
It comes following a heated row between the government and the opposition.
# woulfe at the door
Justice minister agrees to appear before the Dáil to answer questions on Woulfe appointment
Micheal Martin says the Oireachtas Business Committee should meet to discuss the matter.
# golfgate
People Before Profit TDs to move impeachment motion against Seámus Woulfe
The judge would only be removed if both the Dáil and Seanad supported such a motion.
Opinion: Politicians may have grounds to impeach Seamus Woulfe but it's a tricky business
Dr Laura Cahillane and Dr David Kenny say there may be a case for impeachment of the Supreme Court judge but that constutional path is fraught with risk.
# golfgate
Chief Justice says Seamus Woulfe should resign from Supreme Court, but Woulfe refuses to quit
Chief Justice Frank Clarke met with fellow Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe last week.
# golfgate
Seamus Woulfe's meeting with Chief Justice cancelled for fourth time due to medical reasons
The two judges were set to meet to discuss the ongoing fallout over the Golfgate dinner.
# golfgate
Chief Justice expresses 'very serious concern' at delays as Seamus Woulfe requests third postponement of meeting
The two judges were set to meet to discuss the ongoing fallout over the Golfgate dinner.
Shane Ross: Golfgate is proof that judicial appointments are infected by political patronage
Shane Ross analyses Seamus Woulfe’s account of the recent Golfgate controversy and has a few things to say.
# Financial Services
Mairead McGuinness confirmed as Ireland's new EU Commissioner
The Fine Gael MEP will replace Phil Hogan, who resigned in the wake of the Golfgate scandal.
# golfgate
Woulfe-Clarke meeting over Golf-gate postponed on ‘medical grounds’
A meeting between the two men had been scheduled to take place on Monday, but was earlier postponed until Friday.
# Controversy
'Clearly in the public interest': NUJ defends Golfgate coverage following Seamus Woulfe remarks
Mr Justice Woulfe described reports of the scandal as “appalling” and “fake”.
# golfgate
Seamus Woulfe postpones meeting with Chief Justice 'for personal reasons'
The two judges were set to meet to discuss the ongoing fallout over the Golfgate dinner.
# Seamus Woulfe
'Completely fake, overblown': Transcript shows judge compared media coverage of golf dinner to 'Ku Klux Klan'
The transcript from the conversation between former chief justice Susan Denham and Mr Justice Seamus Woulfe was released yesterday.
# golfgate
Donnelly says people shouldn't 'switch off' from Covid restrictions while on holiday
A report into the attendance of Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe at the infamous Golfgate dinner said he “switched off from news coverage” while away.
# Separation of Powers
Judge didn't know of second function room behind partition: What Seamus Woulfe said about Golfgate dinner
The full report into the Supreme Court judge’s attendance at the event was released today.
# golfgate
Golfgate: Woulfe resignation from Supreme Court would be 'unjust and disproportionate' - Denham report
The report was published at 4pm today.