Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, who is currently in prison in Egypt. Mr Halawa is to go on trial in Egypt on Sunday, along with 493 others who were caught up in violent protests in Cairo against the authorities. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The family of Ibrahim Halawa has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene and have him released from jail in Egypt. Mr Halawa (19) goes on trial on(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: his department said it was cancelling the project because the economic and technical requirements for it had “fundamentally changed”. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government has cancelled a major technology project that would have allowed it to buy cloud computing services in a way that reduced complexity (...)

Seán Lavery, tax partner at BDO; Adrian Doran, head of corporate banking at Barclays Northern Ireland; Colin Walsh chairman of  CBI Northern Ireland; Taoiseach Enda Kenny; and director general of the CBI John Cridland. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has urged Northern Ireland business people to “not be shy” in promoting the cause of the UK remaining within the European Union.(...)

 La Repubblica reported yesterday that Apple Italia was listed as a “consultant” for Apple Ireland, thus enabling the US colossus to transfer its Italian earnings to Ireland. Photograph: AFP

Italian media reported yesterday that Apple Italia “transferred” €879 million of profit earned in Italy between 2008 and 2013 to Cork-based Apple Sale(...)

Protesters during the Stand Up to Racism and Fascism national demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London on Saturday. Photograph: PA

The Irish State remains in denial about racism, a rally in Dublin to mark UN international day against racism on Saturday was told. The United Nations(...)

‘The prudent management of the economy over the past four years has itself created some room for manoeuvre and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has already indicated that another round of modest reductions in income tax and universal social charge (USC) is on the agenda for 2016.’ Above,  Michael Noonan with   EU Commissioner in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union, Pierre Moscovici.  Photograph:  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

There is something ominous about the campaign being waged by senior Government Ministers to persuade the European Commission to relax its fiscal rules(...)

A screengrab of Gerard McKerr, one of The Hooded Men, from the RTÉ Investigations Unit documentary The Torture Files.

A prisoner detained without trial who was allegedly tortured by British soldiers during the Troubles in Northern Ireland has died aged 71.Gerard McKer(...)

In  opinion published on Thursday  Luxembourg Court states workers are entitled to a minimum rest periods, and Ireland’s decision to exclude training time from the calculation of doctors’ working time “encroaches on that minimum rest period”.

The health service will have to appoint significant numbers of additional doctors and re-configure existing hospital services in some areas if it is t(...)

Ireland has the best tax policy for encouraging economic growth, according to a Republican senator and member of the powerful US Senate finance commit(...)

Children enjoying the St Patrick’s Day Parade & Family Day in Sydney in 2013. Photograph: courtesy of St Patrick’s Day Sydney. 2:08

The organisers of Sydney’s St Patrick’s Day parade - held on the closest Sunday to March 17th - were relying on good weather after a storm ruined last(...)