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# niall-collins - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

The Brian Crowley debacle is yet another blow to Micheál Martin's authority

Analysis: Defiance of the party leader is now a common occurrence in Fianna Fáil and it’s not good in the long run for the former Cabinet minister.

# niall-collins - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

Dáil hears lack of Garda cooperation stalled murder investigation complaint

Pádraig Mac Loclainn said that GSOC had to delay investigating a complaint made by the family of Seamus Doherty due to a lack of cooperation from gardaí in Donegal.

# niall-collins - Sunday 22 June, 2014

"It's common sense, you don't interfere with the judiciary"

Government and opposition TDs agree that the judiciary should be free of political influence.

# niall-collins - Friday 20 June, 2014

Niall Collins admits that asking a judge not to jail a drug dealer was 'a mistake'

Meanwhile, his party leader Micheál Martin says that the Limerick TD’s position IS tenable.

How Niall Collins did nothing wrong, but did himself no favours

Analysis: Niall Collins should not have got involved in the case of a man convicted of serious drug offences – for his own sake.

# niall-collins - Thursday 19 June, 2014

Micheál Martin: TDs shouldn't involve themselves in criminal proceedings

The Fianna Fáil leader has been reacting to the controversy surrounding his justice spokesperson today.

Niall Collins sent letter to judge to inform him of the suicide of children's mother

The mother of a convicted man’s four children died earlier this year.

Fianna Fáil won't comment on one of its TDs asking a judge not to jail a drug dealer

The party’s justice spokesperson Niall Collins is in the spotlight this morning.

# niall-collins - Thursday 8 May, 2014

Shatter resignation a lesson for government to "listen to dissenting voices"

Fianna Fáil is now for calling for a road map to “restore this situation to normality”.

# niall-collins - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Senators' attempt to get Attorney General to answer Gardagate questions fails

Fianna Fáil will attempt to bring Marie Whelan before the upper house later today – but they already failed with a similar attempt last week.

# niall-collins - Friday 28 March, 2014

"The Taoiseach should explain" - opposition want answers on Kenny delay in telling Shatter about taping

The Taoiseach knew about the issue on Sunday, but didn’t inform the Justice Minister until Monday. Now the opposition would like to know why.

# niall-collins - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Shatter: I didn't 'recall or remember' Oliver Connolly's €1k donation when I appointed him

The Justice Minister has also admitted that garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe was invited, but not directed, to engage in the penalty points investigation, and said there was “fault on both sides”.

# niall-collins - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

‘Experienced criminal lawyer’ to examine garda whistleblower’s dossier of allegations

Enda Kenny has said the documents from whistleblower Maurice McCabe contain “extremely serious allegations of garda misconduct”.

# niall-collins - Tuesday 18 February, 2014

Retired judge to review GSOC surveillance claims and report “within eight weeks”

It comes as Sinn Féin prepares to table a motion calling for the establishment of an independent inquiry into claims that the Garda Ombudman’s headquarters was placed under surveillance.

'I would say to Charlie Flanagan to cop on': Mary Lou hits back at FG chairman over GSOC claims

Claims from Charlie Flanagan that Sinn Féin has undermined the work of a committee chaired by one of its own TDs have drawn sharp criticism today.

# niall-collins - Wednesday 12 February, 2014

Dáil hears alleged conversation: 'If Shatter thinks you're screwing him, you're finished'

Alan Shatter said that suggestions in a transcript, read into the Dáil record last night, that he threatened anyone or authorised threatening were “absolutely outrageous”.

# niall-collins - Sunday 9 February, 2014

Shatter urged to comment on report of bugging at Garda Ombudsman office

A report today claimed emails, wi-fi and phone systems were hacked and a phone in a conference room at the building was bugged.

# niall-collins - Friday 24 January, 2014

Censorship Board can't be abolished until it deals with Alan Shatter's 'Laura'

And everyone struggled to keep a straight face in the Dáil this morning…

# niall-collins - Friday 6 December, 2013

13 life sentence prisoners were recalled to prison between 2001-2012

The thirteen prisoners had been released from prison early.

# niall-collins - Wednesday 27 November, 2013

'Desperate people are being sucked into this': Controversial property trust criticised

The Dáil has heard that there have been over 500 applications to the State property registration body for the acknowledgement of ‘freeman on the land’.

# niall-collins - Wednesday 20 November, 2013

Shatter needs extra €32 million for gardaí and Magdalene payments

The Justice Minister also said today that An Garda Siochána’s new recruitment campaign will begin next month.

# niall-collins - Monday 18 November, 2013

€51 million Garda payroll over-run is “bad planning” by Shatter – Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil’s Justice spokesperson accused the Justice Minister of failing to fund basic Garda payrolls.

# niall-collins - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

Shatter: DNA database strikes balance between tackling crime and respecting human rights

The bill, once passed, is likely to see a new DNA database in operation by next year. Criminals who receive a sentence of 5 years or more will have their DNA logged.

'A fan of oratory': Fly interrupts Dáil debate on DNA database

Some buzz in the Dáil chamber earlier…

# niall-collins - Saturday 5 October, 2013

Fianna Fáil: We put forward arguments which demolished Fine Gael and Sinn Féin

Niall Collins said that the party is not taking anything for granted but is encouraged by the results of tallies coming in from around the country.

# niall-collins - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

Sinn Féin: Let us take part in the Prime Time debate

Meanwhile Fianna Fáil has slammed Fine Gael’s “play acting” over who takes part in tonight’s TV debate. Luckily this will all be over in a few days…

# niall-collins - Monday 5 August, 2013

Over €5 million spent on bank guarantee legal advice since 2011

Over €5 million has been spent with one legal firm alone since 2011 on advice related to the controversial bank guarantee scheme of 2008.

# niall-collins - Saturday 20 July, 2013

Over €72k spent on report evaluating Ireland's economic relationship with UK

The report by the PA Consulting Group cost a total of €144,988.96 with the other half the cost shared with the UK government.

# niall-collins - Saturday 29 June, 2013

Burton claims Collins is "politically partisan" over Anglo tapes comments

Collins said that the Taoiseach’s priority is to “exploit these tapes for his narrow political advantage”.

# niall-collins - Saturday 8 June, 2013

Revealed: At least 6 Fianna Fáil TDs and most senators to oppose abortion bill

With a free vote, at least a dozen TDs and senators from the main opposition party are likely to oppose the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, according to a survey carried out by

# niall-collins - Tuesday 28 May, 2013

Shatter: ‘Do I think it was a mistake to mention the incident surrounding Deputy Wallace? ...Of course I do’

Alan Shatter admits to an error of judgement, but defends his record, as the Dáil begins debating a motion of no confidence.

Kenny: 'The difference is Wallace broke the law, and Shatter didn't'

The Taoiseach is pressed on why a report exists of Mick Wallace’s encounter with Gardaí, but none of Alan Shatter’s.

# niall-collins - Friday 24 May, 2013

Fianna Fáil tables Dáil motion of no confidence in Alan Shatter

TDs will debate Fianna Fáil’s motion on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the party saying Shatter’s position is untenable.

# niall-collins - Saturday 27 April, 2013

"People do not feel secure in their own homes" - FF takes aim at Shatter

“Gardaí put their lives on the line to protect our communities and deserve more”.

# niall-collins - Thursday 18 April, 2013

New insolvency guidelines protect banks at borrowers' expense - opposition

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin have both queried the amount of power left in the hands of the banks in the insolvency regime which was unveiled today.

# niall-collins - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Junior Minister admits banks have 'hoodwinked' the government

The Dáil debated a Fianna Fáil-proposed private members’ motion on the mortgage arrears crisis tonight but it was easily defeated by the government’s majority.

# niall-collins - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

Adams: 'An awful lot of us might have to say we're sorry for a whole lot of things'

On whether he was ever a member of the IRA, Adams said: “I am a republican leader. I never distanced myself from the IRA. I never will distance myself from the IRA.”

# niall-collins - Thursday 31 January, 2013

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VIDEO: TD Niall Collins says Adams's apology 'makes him sick'

The Fianna Fáil spokesperson on justice and equality said that his apology to the family of Jerry McCabe was “an act of hypocrisy”.

Government asked if it will "ignore" concerns on garda station closures

Deputies Willie O’Dea and Mary Lou McDonald spoke about the issue during Leader’s Questions in the Dáil today.

# niall-collins - Monday 28 January, 2013

Revealed: Over €9.5 million spent by the State on legal fees in 2012

The amount was revealed in a Parliamentary Question which was asked last week.