“Domestic violence is a social crime,” said Lynn Boylan MEP. “It is our duty as a society to put in place every possible measure to help those who find themselves in such a terrible situation.”  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Paid leave should be introduced for victims of domestic violence, Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has told the party’s ardfheis. She cited an Ictu (...)

Independent MEP Nessa Childers says the  new Passenger Name Records  directive is “a bad deal for both the liberty and the security of European citizens”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A number of Irish MEPs are set to vote against new EU legislation that will require airlines to share passenger data with national authorities, despit(...)

Independent Senator Averil Power and Leo Varadkar: the Minister has endorsed Power  in the forthcoming TCD Seanad elections 2016. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Q - When is an independent not an independent? A - When he or she is a member of Fine Gael. Businessman and entrepreneur Seán Melly, who is runni(...)

Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan said this legal opinion is leaked at a time when Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are being forced to speak to one another. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has insisted it will abolish water charges despite legal advice given to Irish Water warning there is no possibility under European law fo(...)

Protests outside the GPO in Dublin on Saturday over the launch of anti-immigration group Pegida. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

RTÉ is to make a formal complaint today after one of its cameramen was injured during a clash between protesters and gardaí in Dublin city centre on (...)

Ibrahim Halawa  is due to face his 12th court hearing today in a mass trial with over 400 other prisoners and potentially faces the death penalty. Picture Nick Bradshaw

Ibrahim Halawa has now spent 876 days without trial in a squalid Egyptian prison. My involvement with the campaign for his release began in April 2014(...)

Ibrahim Halawa: He was 17 when arrested during protests against the ousting of Egypt’s then president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Ibrahim Halawa is about to reach yet another milestone. In August, the young Irishman was in his cell at Wadi el-Natrun prison to mark the two-year an(...)

Somaia Halawa with a postcard of her brother Ibrahim Halawa to launch a camaign to free him at Buswells Hotel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A postcard campaign was announced in Dublin on Monday to highlight the ongoing plight of Dublin teenager Ibrahim Halawa held in a Cairo priso(...)

All four Fine Gael MEPs voted against the committee proposal. Photograph: Reuters

The European Parliament has agreed to set up a successor committee to the Special Committee on Tax Rulings established in the wake of the Luxem(...)

Spanish bullfighter Rafaelillo is tossed by a bull  at La Misericordia bullring in Zaragoza, Spain. Photograph: EPA/Javier Cebollada

Three Fine Gael MEPs voted against European Parliament legislation that could cripple Spanish bullfighting, saying a ban on the sport is a matter f(...)