‘A victory for the hard left in Greece will demonstrate once and for all what happens when “anti-austerity” political forces achieve power in an EU state.’ Above, head of the  Syriza party Alexis Tsipras waves to his supporters during a party election rally in central Athens this week. Photograph: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU/AFP/Getty Images

‘What Syriza is hoping for is that other EU bailout states such as Spain, Ireland and Portugal will see the advantages in an EU d(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister Ray Burke: the recent move follows an earlier tribunal decision to drop its finding that he had hindered and obstructed its work. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Claims based on evidence of James Gogarty to be removed from 2002 interim report

The Government has pledged to legislate for gay adoption rights before the same-sex marriage referendum. The reform will be part of the Children and Family Relationships Bill, the general scheme of which was published early last year by then minister for justice Alan Shatter, with  a revised version  published last September by his successor, Frances Fitzgerald. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Government pledges to enact legislation on adoption rights ahead of vote

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

SF and Greens want it cut to 16 years of age

Ray Burke: Has received a letter of apology from the tribunal. Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

Findings of obstruction withdrawn, meaning costs up to €5m can be claimed

Former minister for the environment Phil Hogan said in 2013 that the Government “commits to holding a referendum before the end of 2015 on a proposal to amend the Constitution to provide for a voting age of 16”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

No referendum on issue in lifetime of Government despite 2013 pledge on public vote

 Michael Noonan: said he would be broadly supportive of the idea of a conference which could provide a forum to discuss the debt burden on Greece. Photograph: Alan Betson

Forum could consider Irish, Spanish Portuguese and Greek debt, say sources

Irish peacekeepers on patrol  in Lebanon. The British army does not have  experience in such operations. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives

Irish Army to train British soldiers in peacekeeping as part of deepening co-operation

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