European Ombudsman Emily O Reilly: the process could have “a significant impact” on the lives of EU citizens.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has opened a public consultation process on the EU-US trade deal negotiations, arguing that the process could have “(...)

 Hazel O’Kelly,  with photographs of her father  Patrick, who  died in Mid-western Regional Hospital, Limerick,  in November 2005. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

Hazel O’Kelly came home on October 28th, 2005 to find her father Patrick, a 61-year-old security guard, distressed, incoherent and vomiting.“He was ne(...)

Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness (above) is among prominent figures who have predicted the State’s treatment of asylum seekers could be the subject of a future government apology

Last year Taoiseach Enda Kenny apologised on behalf of the State to hundreds of women who spent time in Magdalene laundries. They were blameless wome(...)

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment in the Nama appeal. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment on a key issue in an appeal by the National Asset Management Agency against a decision it is a public body sub(...)

Dealing with death

The Ombudsman’s reflections on end-of-life care will hopefully add momentum to the gathering debate on how we deal with death. In his report, A Good D(...)

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(...)

Former president Mary McAleese said there was just something profoundly wrong and skewed” about asking “150 male celibates” to review the Catholic Church’s teaching on family life. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former president Mary McAleese has described as “completely bonkers” Pope Francis’s plan to ask a synod of bishops to advise him on whether church tea(...)

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall who suggested today that a fall in complaints to his office may be as a result of people not being told by public bodies about their option to complain.  He was speaking at the Office of the Ombudsman in Dublin today.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Complaints to the Ombudsman’s office fell by 6.5 per cent last year, the second successive yearly drop.Ombudsman Peter Tyndall expressed concern about(...)

The CAO points system was created in the 1970s when our universities were never provided with the resources to develop to the point where they could (...)

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has encouraged Irish school-leavers to consider studying in EU countries other than Ireland given the constraints of the higher education system here.
 Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has encouraged Irish school leavers to consider studying in EU countries other than Ireland given the constraints(...)