“Abtran is a reputable, law- abiding and entirely legitimate operation. It is not using the BVI to evade tax; it pays its taxes in Ireland. It is quite upfront about the reasons why it is now owned by a BVI company: secrecy.”

Whenever a new government emerges, it should adopt a simple principle: no public money should go to companies registered in tax havens. The Panama Pap(...)

The bombed buildings at the corner of Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) and Eden Quay on the banks of the Liffey in Dublin. The buildings were shelled by the British admiralty gunboat, the Helga, during the Easter Rising. Photograph: Getty Images

The ethics of the Rising is an important but hindsight issue. The ethics of how we commemorate the Rising is contemporary and pressing. A general ethi(...)

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton: criticised for sending “classified” information on a private server. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Emails released in the political storm over Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email address for official business as US secretary of state sho(...)

Enda Kenny speaks next to Alexander Stubb, prime minister of Finland, during ap panel session of the  World Economic Forum  in Davos. Photograph: EPA

The Taoiseach has indicated tacit support for a further renegotiation of Greece’s bailout, but warned that the country must respect it obligations (...)

Senator David Norris: “We need real reform to include the other seats.” Photograph: Stephen Collins.

The electorate for Seanad university seats will more than double from 200,000 to 500,000 while the electorate for vocational panel seats will halve fr(...)

A volunteer sets off fireworks during call for prayer on first day of Ramadan outside Rabaa Adawiya mosque in Cairo. Photograph: Louafi Larbi/Reuters
Egypt braced for more protests

Egypt is braced for further protests by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi today following a week of clashes that have killed more than 90(...)

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi shout slogans in front of riot police and Egypt’s Constitutional Court during the swearing in ceremony today of the head of the court Adli Mansour as the nation’s interim president. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

The European Union said today it had no plans to reconsider its aid programmes to Egypt after the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi, but EU sources (...)

Malaysia’s prime minister and Barisan Nasional chairman Najib Razak arriving at UMNO headquarters yesterday in Kuala Lumpur. Photograph: Nicky Loh/Getty Images

Malaysia’s ruling coalition took an early lead in exit polls in national elections yesterday, with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s alliance b(...)