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(...)

MEPs want to see labels on drinks setting out their calorific content in addition to their alcohol content. Alcoholic drinks that contain more than 1.2 per cent alcohol by volume are exempt from EU regulations on nutritional labelling that came into force in 2011 covering all food and soft drinks. Photograph: PA

MEPs have called on the European Commission to introduce mandatory labelling of calories for alcoholic drinks by 2016 as part of a broader EU strategy(...)

Luke Ming Flanagan said that ultimately his family comes first. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy has said that MEPs should attend the European Parliament at all times “in so far as they possibly can,” as h(...)

European Parliament: our MEPs face a conundrum that lies at the heart of the system – the less visible one is at home, the less likely one is to be re-elected

Six months on from the European elections, figures from VoteWatch Europe present an interesting snapshot into the activities of Ireland’s 11 MEPs. Ire(...)

A spokesman for Phil Hogan said the commissioner-designate had “no option” but to deal with Ms Childers’s allegations through the legal system

Pressure has increased on Phil Hogan ahead of his hearing at the European Parliament next Thursday following confirmation that Ireland’s nominee as EU(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly is expected to announce the terms of reference for the mother and baby home commission in the coming weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A delegation of Irish campaigners who are calling for a broader term of reference for the mother and baby home commission have said they may take the(...)

The European Parliament meets in Strasbourg yesterday. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

Ireland will have two MEPs on the influential economics committee in the new European Parliament, with the appointment of former junior finance minis(...)

Labour Party deputy leader and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton  at the City West count centre for the local, European and byelection counts today. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government parties look set to suffer major losses in the local, European and byelections, as tallies and initial results suggest Sinn Féin, Indep(...)

 Sinn Féin’s   European election candidates Lynn Boylan (left) and Martina Anderson at the launch of Sinn Fein’s European election manifesto Dublin yesterday.  Photograph:  David Sleator/The Irish Times

Anybody who witnessed the first TV3 debate on the European elections with Midland North West candidates last night would know first-hand how chaos the(...)

Fine Gael’s Minister of State at the Department of Finance Brian Hayes said last night there was a need for a new direction in the wake of the financial crisis to which Europe had been too slow to respond. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Eight of Dublin’s European election candidates have committed themselves to a five part pledge dealing with a range of issues including child poverty,(...)