If ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet’s letter of November 19th is released, will it have been worth the wait? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost four years after Ireland bowed to the pressure of rising bond yields and crumbling investor confidence and succumbed to an EU-IMF rescue, it ap(...)

The ECB has so far refused to release a letter sent to former minister for finance Brian Lenihan in 2010 which many suspect forced the government into accepting the terms of the bailout. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly is confident that the ECB will publish the controversial letter sent to former finance minister Brian Lenihan the night befor(...)

David O’Sullivan: the  chief operating officer of the European Union’s diplomatic corps, the European External Action Service

Sitting in his office in the European External Action Services (EEAS) headquarters in central Brussels, David O’Sullivan apologises for the bareness o(...)

Journalist Gavin Sheridan: attempted to use European environmental legislation to extract  information from Nama.

A dispute between a journalist and Nama over the meaning of the word “including” has spent four years travelling through the Irish courts with a final(...)

 Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has urged people living in Ireland to speak up for themselves ahead of the general election and anniversary cele(...)

 Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman, at the launch of a new book,  Start Your Career Journey Here!, by Irish Times education analyst and career guidance expert Brian Mooney (left) last night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

School-leavers should make themselves aware of options to study in Europe outside of the CAO system, European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has said.Speaki(...)

Ms Emily O Reilly: ‘I see it as potentially a transformative office, that can give real realityto the buzzwords everybody trots out – transparency, accountability and so on.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Emily O’Reilly opens the door to her second-floor office in the European quarter in Brussels. “Would you like a coffee?” she says in her signature (...)

European Ombudsman  Emily O’Reilly: “To my mind. there is a principle of transparency... Records should be released unless harm is going to be done.” Photograph: Eric Luke

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has reiterated her criticism of the European Central Bank for failing to publish a letter sent by Jean-Claude Tric(...)

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(...)