The number of Irish people spending time in prison in Australia is increasing, with high alcohol intake often a feature of offences committed by emigrants, the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) has warned. Photograph: Getty images

Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas are providing support to 1,256 Irish prisoners abroad

Ministers should be able to speak more openly about budget decisions, Minister for Communications Alex White has said.

Minister says Government has ‘more breathing space’ after IMF loan repayment deal

Baroness Nuala O’Loan told the Kennedy Summer Schol that the current political impasse in Northern Ireland over issues including welfare reform, parades, the past, and flags suggested it was ‘time for the British and Irish governments to begin to play their part’ in Northern Irish politics again.

Time for Ireland, Britain and US to play part in Northern politics, former police ombudsman says

Console chief executive Paul Kelly has said public inquests into suicide deaths cause unnecessary trauma to bereaved families. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Console calls on Government to remove requirement for public inquests in suicide cases

The Taoiseach said the Government would make collective decisions on the  Budget in the coming weeks.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Varadkar claims ‘modest’ tax changes will result in ‘extra fiver or tenner’ in weekly pay

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

First-hand accounts from survivors tell of summary killings and abductions by Islamic State

The course will explore Irish history from 1912 to 1923 using original source materials provided to students online. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Half of all participants on 6-week programme are based outside Ireland

Pete O’Sullivan: “I had been going out with a Canadian girl for a few years, but we broke up and a lot of my ties to the place were removed then. My job was going well, but I knew I wouldn’t be in the same role for the long haul.”

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