Tag Archives: Mary Harney


From top: Howard Marks on the Late Late Show in 1997 when he was called ‘Mr Evil’ by Mary Harney; Meeting  Aodhan O’Riordan (right) with Hot Press journalist Olaf Tyaransen (centre) last November.

Backstage [at the Metropolis Festival at the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4] I spot Drugs Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and invite him to come over and say hello.

The last time Howard met an Irish minister was on The Late Late Show in 1997 (I was also present). Mary Harney wasn’t impressed, telling Gay Byrne that she considered him to be “Mr Evil.”

Ó Ríordáin is far more pleasant and open-minded, later tweeting a picture of us all together along with the comment that it was “Great chatting.” What a difference 18 years can make…

Olaf Tyrannsen, Hot Press, November 2015

Minister Aodhan O’Riordan meets Howard Marks At Metropolis (Hot Press)

Howard Marks obituary: Britain’s Most Charming Drug Smuggler (The Guardian)


It’s all coming out now.


000973559019209090109883richieryanFrom top: Gerard Collins; Maire Geogheghan Quinn; Ray MacSharry and Richie Ryan

“…and the whistleblower alleges Ray MacSharry, Gerard Collins, Maire Geogheghan Quinn, an S Barrett*, Richie Ryan (a former minister for finance) and others…” Mary Lou McDonald in the Dáil today.

McDonald claims tax inquiry stopped once Des O’Malley found to be involved (RTÉ) *Not Sean Barratt, the Ceann Comhairle

(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland, RTÉ)


Biocon India is incorporated as a joint venture between Biocon Biochemicals Ltd. of Cork, Ireland and an Indian entrepreneur, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. It is a fully integrated healthcare company that “delivers innovative biopharmaceutical solutions”

Press Release (Biocon)

Worth remembering: In 2004 Mary Harney appointed Dr Barry McSweeney as the country’s first Chief Scientific Officer. Dr McSweeney had previously worked as Director of Medical Business for Biocon Biochemicals.

Biocon (Wikipedia)

Via Oireachtas Retort