Minister for Children James Reilly: “The industry, with its multibillion-euro resources, has a major lobbying programme at work.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Children James Reilly has criticised the European Commission for failing to detail their dealings with the tobacco industry. The commiss(...)

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly said ‘public health demands the highest standard’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has strongly criticised the European Commission’s refusal to make its dealings with the tobacco industry more transp(...)

EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly’s report in October accused the commission of breaching its obligations under the World Health Organisation disclosure rules.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Irish Cancer Society has called on the European Commission to be more transparent about its contacts with the tobacco industry in the wake of an i(...)

Marie Jones, writer of  ‘Stones in his Pocket’ which premiered at the Gaiety Theatre in  2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Each week on the podcast, the presenter Irish Times journalist Kathy Sheridan asks listeners a question. This week’s question is prompted by the re(...)

Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman: Not enough is being done to regulate the “revolving door” of officials from EU institutions moving into jobs where they were lobbying for private companies.

Elaine Edwards Not enough is being done to regulate the “revolving door” of officials from EU institutions moving into jobs where they were lobbying f(...)

“Given the fact that women’s beauty is too important to our power, it is not surprising that some women, particularly if they’re in the public eye,(...)

EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly found the EU’s executive body’s approach to publicising meetings with tobacco lobbyists  was “inadequate, unreliable and unsatisfactory”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The European Commission has rejected a ruling by EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly which found that the Commission breached UN transparency rules in its mee(...)

Spain’s deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria:  “Spain will take the refugees that the European Union asks us to.” Photograph: Getty

Spain has announced it would accept a mandatory quota of refugees, providing a vital boost to the European Commission before today’s announcement of a(...)

Serena Williams beating her sister Venus at Wimbledon on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Toby Melville

The Irish Times produced a Women’s Power List recently because, first, we’re worth it and, second, the BBC’s Women’s Hour radio programme had done (...)

Nama has lost a key Freedom of Information case at the Supreme Court. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A five judge Supreme Court has unanimously rejected arguments by the National Asset Management Agency that it is not a public authority subject to fre(...)