Committee chairman Ciarán Lynch with Fianna Fáil finance spokesman and inquiry member Michael McGrath. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Oireachtas joint committee 'disappointed' at correspondence from European body

The sinking of the Cunard ocean liner ‘Lusitania’ by a German submarine off the Old Head of Kinsale will be commemerated in a new stamp to be issued next year. Photograph: Getty

Gallipoli, Lusitania and Pearse’s speech among anniversaries chosen from 1915

Minister of Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: Recognising a Palestinian state had always been the Government’s objective, he said. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says Ireland’s recognition of Palestine will help promote peace in Middle East

Labour TD Pat Rabbitte: Told RTÉ’s The Week in Politics that abolishing USC was ‘fanciful’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government dismisses calls for abolition of USC, as it brings in €4bn in revenue

Charlie Flanagan: “The parties have to consider whose interests would best be served by a prolonged period of direct rule, and how that might be regarded by the people of Northern Ireland”

Flanagan says there is clear responsibility on all parties in North to engage fully to ensure powersharing institutions do not col(...)

‘One of the most interesting speeches for its tone and content was that delivered by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, who launched a no-holds-barred assault on Sinn Féin in defence of his leader, Enda Kenny (above).’ Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

‘The Sinn Féin dominance ensured that the main water protest on Merrion Square was peaceful and good humoured and there was no re(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton at the North South Ministerial Council meeting earlier in December.  Mr Robinson has warned without a deal by Christmas, Stormont would fall.

Cautious optimism on talks as joint paper is agreed in phone conversation

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (pictured) and British prime minister David Cameron will begin two days of talks in Belfast on Thursday aimed at breaking the long running deadlock between the North’s five main parties. Photograph: Collins

Speculation that Enda Kenny to make financial commitments to A5 road

More than 80 per cent, after undecideds excluded, would vote Yes in referendum

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