Emily O’Reilly pictured in her office during her last week as Ombudsman last year.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The fact that biology has “manacled” them to the lives of their children needs to be acknowledged if mothers are to find “psychological peace” in t(...)

Irishman David O’Sullivan (61) will take up a four-year post as EU ambassador to the United States in September.

Irishman David O’Sullivan has been appointed as the next EU ambassador to the United States. In a statement today, European Union foreign policy chief(...)

David O’Sullivan will take up his post later in the year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The appointment of Irishman David O’Sullivan as EU ambassador to the United States will be announced early next week, the Irish Times understan(...)

Catherine Day says the commission will issue policy recommendations to the Government in June. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Catherine Day has been Europe’s top civil servant for almost nine years but she dismisses outright any suggestion that she may become a contend(...)

 Catherine Day, secretary general of the European Commission: “It’s like a lot in life. Timing is everything. “Conor McCabe Photography.

Europe’s top civil servant has said political conditions do not favour a swift renewal of the Government’s stalled campaign to “cash in” a pledge b(...)

Catherine Day, secretary general of the European Commission: suggested that a change in the economic climate over the next few years could change        tenor of the debate. Photograph: Alan Betson

in Brussels Britain’s desire to repatriate powers from Brussels is likely to meet resistance from other EU mem(...)

Barbara Nolan, head of the European Commission’s representation in Ireland, said it was actively supporting efforts to encourage more Irish women to become active in politics. Photograph: David Sleator.

Women for Election, a non-partisan group promoting gender equality in politics, brought i(...)

Catherine Day, secretary general of the European Commission, at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin today. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The expected rise in support for eurosceptics and parties from the extreme left and right will make May’s European elections uncomfortable for mainstr(...)

David O’Sullivan: considered to  be one of the EU’s most senior civil servants

Irishman David O’Sullivan is set to be appointed the next EU ambassador to Washington. Mr O’Sullivan (60), the top official at the EU’s foreign(...)

 Independent technical group TDs Richard Boyd Barrett, Shane Ross, Catherine Murphy, Mattie McGrath, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace after their meeting with Troika representatives at the Department of Finance in Dublin  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

A ngela Merkel summed up her approach to bailouts as “a sensible mix of self-exertion and solidarity”.For the troika, this was standard operatin(...)