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(...)

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. Ms O’Reilly has said that the Government is continuing to dance around the issue of direct provision centres. File  photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has said that the Republic continues to dance around the human rights issue of its direct provision centres, wh(...)

European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly: “Twenty one per cent of complaints last year related to a lack of transparency within the European institutions. EU laws and regulations are supposed to be enacted in a transparent way.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The European Union’s failure to disclose key documents topped the list of complaints to the European Ombudsman’s office last year, EU ombudsman Emily(...)

Emily O’Reilly has asked Mario Draghi for a ‘detailed account’ of the incident Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

European ombudsman Emily O Reilly has written to European Central Bank president Mario Draghi asking him to explain how a senior member of the Europea(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who along with her French counterpart François Hollande,  has been notably quiet in their public comments on the trade pact. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

European Commission officials travel across the Atlantic next week for talks on the European Union-United States trade deal as the ninth round of n(...)

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström: has inherited one of the trickiest portfolios in Jean-Claude Juncker’s commission. PHOTOGRAPH: THIERRY CHARLIER/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Sitting in her fourth floor office in the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström is resolutely upbeat a(...)

 Emily O’Reilly: “US resistance to publishing certain TTIP documents is not in itself sufficient to keep them from the European public.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Further steps are needed to increase transparency around the EU-US trade deal negotiations, European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has said as the Europea(...)

Brian Crowley: has been confined to Cork University Hospital due to ill health

The news this week that Ireland has the worst voting record in the European Union in terms of participation at the plenary session of the European Par(...)

The People’s Conversation: a new vision for active citizenship. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

‘This is a talking shop,” says Ryan Meade, programme leader with the People’s Conversation. He’s unapologetic about this. The idea is that providin(...)

Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton is seeking clarity on EU-US trade deal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton has called for progress on the EU-US trade deal ahead of a meeting of EU trade ministers in Brussels this morni(...)