Inquiry chairman Ciarán Lynch welcomed the ECB’s offer of assistance but said it still wants to hear directly from Jean-Claude Trichet. Photograph: The Irish Times

The European Central Bank has resolved to take part in “an informal exchange of views” with the Oireachtas on the banking crash but only if the engage(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned smokers of the number of serious diseases linked to smoking and insisted the Government will introduce plain cigarette packaging. File photograph:Jonathan Brady/PA

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned smokers of the number of serious diseases linked to smoking and insisted the Government will introduce pla(...)

The Irish Cancer Society said it had received €20,000 in both 2013 and 2014 from Arthur Cox, one of Ireland’s most powerful business law firms and a legal adviser to the Health Service Executive.

A leading cancer charity has said it will no longer accept any corporate donations from Arthur Cox, the legal firm acting for tobacco giant Japan Toba(...)

The relative lack of contagion to other stricken countries over turmoil in Greece demonstrates that once-potent vectors of crisis have been blunted. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Ireland has started 2015 in impressive fashion on global debt markets, taking benefit from super-low interest costs and selling a 30-year bond for the(...)

Leo Varadkar said there was no conflict of interest as the legislation was being prepared by the Departments of Health and Children and not the HSE. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Children James Reilly is seeking a review of arrangements between legal company Arthur Cox and Tusla, the child and family agency, over t(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: the matter of the party’s progress was being raised in the wake of Syriza’s election victory last month in Greece. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

International debt investors have started to raise questions about the advance of Sinn Féin in polls ahead of the next election. Market partici(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly with an example of how plain packaging would look. As health minister, he refused to meet a delegation of tobacco industry leaders in Government Buildings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Japan Tobacco’s dubious legal manoeuvres against the proposed Irish ban on branded cigarette packs are but the latest of many interventions by the ind(...)

Legal firm Arthur Cox is coming under pressure from Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to sever its connection with the tobacco industry. Arthur Cox is (...)

Chris Macey of the Irish Heart Foundation, a client of Arthur Cox, who said the organisation  recently decided not to “use the services of companies that further the aims of the tobacco industry in relation to the influence of public health policy.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Legal firm Arthur Cox is facing questions from the Health Service Executive, one of its many public clients, over its involvement in threatened court (...)

 Japan Tobacco’s unambiguous missives   on plain packaging on cigarette packets, to Ministers James Reilly and Leo Varadkar, all but confirms the inevitability of action in the High Court. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The threat by Japan Tobacco Group to promptly sue the Government over draft laws to ban branded tobacco packaging stands as a blatant intrusion into I(...)