Mother Sharon Joyce has claimed in the Circuit Civil Court she had been assaulted by  gardaí when they attempted to seize her car. The claims have been denied by the defendants. Photograph: Michaela Rehle / Reuters

A 32-year-old Dublin mother has claimed in the Circuit Civil Court she had been assaulted by gardaí when they attempted to seize her car.Sharon Joyce,(...)

Jurys Inn operates 21 UK provincial hotels, four London hotels, five hotels in Ireland and one in Prague. It employs approximately 2,000 people.  (Photograph: Adrian Brown/Bloomberg News)

US private equity group Lone Star Funds has closed its €900 million acquisition of Jurys Inn, following approval by the competition authority.John Br(...)

Salmon enchanted evening: Noel Clancy celebrated Valentine’s Day with a great springer of 13lb 8oz from Lough Currane

Inland Fisheries Ireland (Ifi) is preparing a National Angling Development Plan (Nadp) which it hopes will provide criteria, support and proposals to(...)

John Brennan will remain as chief executive of Jurys Inn. He said that the owner is “very committed to the future growth and development of the Jurys Inn brand and business”. (Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES)

US private equity group Lone Star Funds is to pay £680 million (€909mn) to acquire the Jurys Inn chain of 31 hotels from a group of investors. The ho(...)

The publication by the US Senate intelligence committee of its devastating 525-page report on the post- 9/11 CIA torture of detainees raises profound (...)

US president Barack Obama  is unlikely to heed external calls for CIA torturers to be held to account and prosecuted.  Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The firestorm sparked by the US Senate report into brutal CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects during the George W Bush era and claims that the agency lie(...)

US president Barack Obama, seen through a teleprompter,  at the White House in Washington yesterday, where he announced new actions to invest in and expand access to high-quality early learning opportunities across the country. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Simon CarswellWashington CorrespondentThe firestorm sparked by the US Senate report into brutal CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects during the George W B(...)

US president Barack Obama  has said the Senate report brought to light a “troubling” CIA programme involving practices that were “contrary to our values”.Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters 1:08

The Central Intelligence Agency lied about “brutal” interrogations that amounted to torture in the years after the September 2001 attacks on the Unite(...)

US president Barack Obama said the CIA “’tortured some folks’ after the September 11th, 2001 attacks. Photoraph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama said the CIA “tortured some folks” after the September 11th, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Co(...)

A US flag flies in front of the Brandenburg Gate, near the US embassy in Berlin. Germany’s expulsion of the CIA station chief in Berlin is close to a diplomatic nuclear option and is unprecedented in the postwar history of German-US relations. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

A few years before he died in 2006, the former East German spy chief Markus Wolf, known as “the man without a face”, told me about the qualities he(...)