Prof Michael O’Flaherty,  director of the  EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónailln

After last year’s departure of Catherine Day as secretary general of the European Commission, there were fears that Ireland’s presence in the upper ra(...)

EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly published a report last year which found the European Commission’s approach to publicising meetings with  lobbyists was “inadequate, unreliable and unsatisfactory”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tucked away on the busy streets around the European Parliament in Brussels lie rows of gleaming buildings. Behind the discreet brass plaques lie the B(...)

European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has asked the president of the Eurogroup for more details on his proposals to improve the transparency of its work.

European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has asked the president of the Eurogroup for more details on his proposals to improve the transparency of its work. (...)

Emily O Reilly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Joining the European Union liberated a generation of Irish women, according to European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. “Two years before I did the Leavi(...)

Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martiand Michael McGrath at the general election 2016 count at the City Hall in Cork. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A tiptoeing back to Fianna Fail by older, rural voters with the party ingrained in their DNA had been widely anticipated in this general election. Bu(...)

Criticism levelled against the European Commission by European Ombudsman Emily O’ Reilly over its dealings with the tobacco industry is welcome. She h(...)

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(...)