Gail O’Rorke leaving the Circuit Criminal Court recently, having been acquitted on charges of assisting or attempting to assist in the suicide of her friend.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gail O’Rorke walked quickly from the Circuit Criminal Court with her husband Barry and into a waiting taxi. Behind her she left four years of pre-tria(...)

Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton became collateral damage in a row between the local organisation and party headquarters on Thursday over a gender quota directive. Photograph: The Irish Times

If the level of political embarrassment was colour-graded, Fine Gael would be scarlet after its shambolic convention in Dublin Bay North on Thursday n(...)

We cannot know whether the jury in Gail O’Rorke’s trial acquitted her on charges of assisting another to end her life because the case against her was(...)

Independent TD  John Halligan: ‘You have a right to dignity in life and you have a right to a dignified death.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Independent TD is to introduce a Bill removing any criminal sanctions against a family member or doctor who assists a suicide. Waterford TD (...)

Tom Curran, whose partner Marie Fleming unsuccessfully challenged the law banning assisted suicide in the Supreme Court in 2013, said Gail O’Rorke should never have had to come before the courts. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gail O’Rorke said she was over the moon after being acquitted of assisting in the suicide of her late friend Bernadette Forde. In a written statement(...)

Gail O’Rorke is accused of attempting to help Bernadette Forde get to a euthanasia clinic in Switzerland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

A woman accused of helping her friend take her own life alleged to gardaí that another person was with the deceased when she took a lethal dose of bar(...)

Alan Kelly: set September 30th deadline for Cork local government review report. Photograph: Eric Luke

The chairman of an independent review group set up to recommend reform of local government structures in Cork has expressed satisfaction with the leve(...)

A view of Cork city’s skyline. Dr Aodh Quinlivan of UCC said the task set for the Smiddy Review Group to examine local government reform in Cork might require more time than the September deadline set by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Ian Gethings/Getty.

A review group set up to examine local government reform in Cork and whether Cork city should get a boundary extension may not have time to carry out(...)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly said it was important that both Cork city and county were not held back in terms of economic progress. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The chairman of a specially appointed independent review group to examine local government structures in Cork has pledged to consult widely with all (...)

Frank Flannery was spotted in the company of Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the days after the Christmas period. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Rehab director and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery could be set for a surprise return to the party as it gears up for the general election.(...)