Tom Hartnett from Co Cork making his point at an Age Action Q&A forum at the Aisling Hotel in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Cost of fuel, prescription charges and water charges among key concerns for older people

Paul Brady: ‘Music costs money to make. It has value. It should not be given away free. Shame on you, U2.’ Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Singer says giving album away for free is ‘nail in coffin of sustainable music business’

Sgt Maurice McCabe has claimed members of the force were continuing to cancel penalty points for friends, despite the introduction of new regulations aimed at preventing the practice. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Whistlebower claims penalty points still being terminated in controversial circumstances

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

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