Dr Sardar Ali, a former consultant respiratory physician at Roscommon General Hospital, denies five allegations of poor professional performance. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Fitness to Practise inquiry hears case of doctor accused over treatment of elderly patient

Support for Eamon Gilmore’s Labour is down two points while support for Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael is down three points.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fine Gael support falls three points to 26%, Labour down 2 points to 9%, Red C poll shows

Shanghai’s skyscrapers Shanghai World Financial Center (L), Shanghai Tower (R) and Jin Mao Tower (top) are seen at the financial district of Pudong during Earth Hour in Shanghai  today. Photograph: Carlos Barria /Reuters

Millions expected to take part in global environmental campaign

Judge Anthony Halpin was presiding over Tallaght District Court on Thursday when he made the comments. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Anthony Halpin asks for ‘forgiveness’ over ‘hurt caused’ by ‘unfortunate’ reference made in court

Cybercrime could be costing the Irish economy as much as €630m per year. Stock photo: Getty images

Illicit trade loses State up to €946m says report urging more intellectual property protection

Last year MEPs rejected a proposal to classify e-cigarettes as medicinal products. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Ireland could show ‘leadership’ in EU by classifying products as medical devices

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: under pressure from some Cabinet colleagues. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gilmore denies Cabinet is in disarray but says Minister for Justice should retract remarks about John McCabe

A woman walks through flood water in Cork city last month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

OPW announces memorandum of understanding with industry

Legislation to ban smoking in cars where children are present will be ready in the next number of weeks, Minister for Health James Reilly said today. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Policy to apply when children are present would be enforcable by gardaí, Minister says

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