One out of every six beds in Beaumont Hospital  is occupied by patients, mostly elderly, who are fit to be discharged but cannot be because of a lack of nursing home facilities or because care cannot be provided at home. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

The crisis in Beaumont Hospital’s emergency department, where dozens of patients are treated nightly on trolleys and chairs, is symptomatic of the hea(...)

Many aspects of the dormant piece of surveillance legislation  Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald quietly signed into law two weeks ago are alarming.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“We could have secret prosecutions over secret interpretations of secret laws.” That’s how TJ McIntyre, of University College Dublin’s school of law a(...)

Former tánaiste and Progressive Democrats leader Mary Harney has made an official complaint to the Ceann Comhairle. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former tánaiste and Progressive Democrats leader Mary Harney has made an official complaint to the Ceann Comhairle after she was named in the Dáil by (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: signed statutory instrument into law, which took effect on Monday, on November 26th. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Foreign law enforcement agencies will be allowed to tap Irish phone calls and intercept emails under a statutory instrument signed into law by Mini(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald read the  names of politicians alleged to have had Ansbacher accounts  into the Dáil record during the week. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

About €2 million of taxpayers’ money has been paid in fees as part of the long-running investigation into the financial affairs of former senior pol(...)

Josephine Feehily: told the Public Accounts Committee that all material provided by Gerry Ryan had been examined and followed up

In the absence of any new information emerging, it is difficult to see how the current controversy over alleged tax evasion by a number of former seni(...)

Ansbacher House in the Caymen Islands. Ansbacher was a bank in the Cayman Islands, but the nominally offshore money in the deposits was in fact held in Guinness & Mahon Bank on Dublin’s College Green

An official investigation in 2002 identified about 200 individuals who held secret Ansbacher accounts, including former taoiseach Charles Haughey. Sub(...)

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The Garda fraud unit is investigating allegations that former government ministers had offshore accounts, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil.“They wil(...)

Researchers have estimated that the 1990 smoky coal ban in Dublin and 20 other large towns has saved 8,200 lives since being introduced. Photograph: Getty Images

The Asthma Society has called on governments North and South to introduce an immediate all-Ireland ban on smoky coal.The charity says the measure woul(...)

The suspended jail term for former Fianna Fáil TD Ned O’Keeffe marks the latest chapter in the long career of an outspoken and controversial politician who dominated politics in North Cork for over a quarter of a century. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The suspended jail term for former Fianna Fáil TD Ned O’Keeffe marks the latest chapter in the long career of an outspoken and controversial politicia(...)