The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s compliance committee said it was not an “absolute requirement” that programme makers balance a show by including speakers representing each side of a debate. Photograph: Getty

Broadcasting authority rules that Marian Finucane Show did not need opposing view

The number of calls to Samaritans has increased by 52 per cent since the charity introduced a free phone line in March. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Charity says callers starting to see contact as first port of call rather than last resort

Leo Varadkar made his comments on abortion in the Dáil on Tuesday

Minister for Health tells Dáil laws are too restrictive

Finnish academic and finance expert Peter Nyberg, arriving at the opening of the banking inquiry  in  Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

In a systemic crisis ‘ everybody is involved’ even if they didn’t cause the crisis

The number of births less the number of deaths in quarter two gave a natural population increase of 9,305 people, accoridng to the CSO. Photograph: PA

Central Statistics Office data shows a natural population increase of 9,305

Minister for Children James Reilly is said to want a “respectful amount of time” to be spent debating the terms of reference for the mother and baby home inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minster for Children James Reilly to bring proposals to Cabinet on January 8th

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: ‘The existing legal framework will come into effect in January if the alternative, much more measured, set of proposals . . . are not enacted.’ Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Brendan Howlin says public wouldn’t welcome having to pay higher utility charges

Armed police are seen outside the Lindt Café, Martin Place, Sydney. Photograph: Getty

Irish citizen working near Martin Place gives account of early stage of café siege

Deaths from heroin have declined substantially, from a peak of 115 in 2009 to 61 in 2012.

History of mental illness present in substantial proportion of fatalities

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