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(...)

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(...)