The number of work permits issued to non-EEA workers grew by 42% last year

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said that the  next general election will present the public with an unprecedented opportunity to transform the political landscape. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin leader accuses Government of lining up with EU elite against Greece

A total of 116 puppies were seized from two vehicles bound for the UK at Dublin Port on Wednesday. The pups, aged between five and eight weeks old, were recovered when two vans were stopped and searched yesterday evening at Dublin Port following an  investigation into the illegal shipment of dogs. Photograph: DSPCA/PA Wire.

Pugs, Cocker Spaniels and Shih Tzus among the breeds being shipped to UK

Clare Daly: A Bill moved by the Independent socialist TD for Dublin North last December providing for a referendum on abortion was defeated by 110 votes to 13. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Proposal sponsored by Independent Clare Daly for cases of fatal foetal abnormality

Rory McIlroy leaves the Four Courts in Dublin on Tuesday night after meetings between his side and Horizon Sports Management. Photograph: Courts Collins

Further progress reported between golfer and Horizon Management

Publicans have met Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to call for the lifting of a ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Publicans say law more damaging this year with big European rugby clash in Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has informed the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry  that former ECB president Jean Claude Trichet is willing to examine a number of options that could allow him to provide the committee with information it is seeking from the bank in relation to development around the time of  the State’s financial collapse.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Kenny tells committee Trichet may be quizzed by Irish MEPs

Prof Philip Lane of Trinity College Dublin arrving at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry at Leinster House in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Prof Philip Lane says such a measure could have funded bank recapitalisation or Nama

File photo: President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi (left) with Klaus Regling. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Clear lack of budgetary discipline fed crisis, says Regling

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