Hard to swallow: The  Green Party school dinner policy is launched at Kevin Thornton’s restaurant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At a glance, the Green Party idea that every student in the State should get at least one hot meal during the school day, as part of a campaign aimed (...)

Ralph Boes, on hunger strike since July 1st in protest at Germany’s welfare system, waits it out on Pariser Platz. Photograph: Derek Scally

The square on the eastern side of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate is known officially as Pariser Platz and unofficially as the “living room of the republic”(...)

An apartment block under construction on Coke Lane and Arran Quay Terrace in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The preferred route for a cycle path along Liffey quays from the Phoenix Park to Dublin docks would divert buses through a site where an apartment (...)

Fintan Drury will tell the committee Anglo’s board acted appropriately when it learned of the large stake Seán Quinn had built in the institution up to 2008. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The board of Anglo Irish Bank told the financial regulator about Seán Quinn’s large shareholding in the institution as soon as it became aware of it, (...)

Former Green Party leader John Gormley at the Banking inquiry on Wednesday.

Former leader of the Green Party John Gormley has told the Oireachtas banking inquiry that the State’s bank guarantee was the “least-worst option” ava(...)

Former tanáiste Mary Harney said the government should have asked harder questions and dug deeper than it did in the lead up to the banking crash. Screengrab: Oireachtas

Former tánaiste Mary Harney has admitted the government should have asked harder questions and dug deeper than it did in the lead up to the crash. Ms (...)

Former finance director at EBS Alan Merriman

EBS Building Society was fighting for its survival as far back as 2005, according to its former finance director Alan Merriman. He told the Oireachta(...)

Cadogan Enright (51), with his nine-year-old son, Cad Óg, who are hoping to paddle to almost 70 islands on Strangford Lough in order to count butterflies. Photograph: Butterfly Conservation/PA Wire

“I don’t have an X-Box or anything like that,” says nine-year-old Cad Óg Enright. “I don’t mind; I don’t really need them.” That’s always been the way(...)

Refugees who arrived in Germany by crossing the nearby Austrian border  at the X-Point Halle initial registration center of the German federal police  near Passau, Bavaria, Germany. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

Bavarian’s conservative state government has come under fire for plans to erect deportation camps on its borders for refugees from Balkan states. (...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has been criticised by the opposition for pulling out of a debate on Irish Water at the MacGill summer school.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has been criticised by the opposition for pulling out of a debate on Irish Water at the MacGill summer scho(...)