Bishop John Kirby: ‘more respectful’ system needed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Direct provision should be replaced with a “more respectful system’’ for migrants, the Catholic Bishop of Clonfert Dr John Kirby has said. “Pope Fran(...)

Mary Lou McDonald speaking at a business breakfast in west Belfast on Friday. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused Micheál Martin of “playing a very cynical game” after the Fianna Fáil leader rejected the idea o(...)

Theresa May: expected to signal a concession on the “divorce bill” promising that UK contributions to the EU budget will continue until 2020 at least. Photograph: Caitlin Ochs/Bloomberg

The visit of the European Parliament’s Brexit chief, Guy Verhofstadt, to Dublin on Thursday offered the Dáil and the Government reassurance, as far as(...)

The European Commission suggested that EU plans to harmonise tax rules across the bloc could be used to incorporate new rules on digital taxation. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The European Union should push ahead with overhauling the rules around how digital firms should be taxed even if other jurisdictions fail to follow su(...)

Ibrahim Halawa celebrates moments after his acquittal by an anti-terrorism court at the Wadi Natrun prison outside Cairo. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

Ibrahim Halawa is an innocent man. His three sisters are innocent women. They were acquitted of all charges by an Egyptian court this week. It has tak(...)

Minister for Housing  Eoghan Murphy  said the Private Member’s Bill, moved by Solidarity and People Before Profit, required further consideration. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

An Opposition demand that access to housing be made a constitutional right is to be considered by a Dáil committee. Minister for Housing Eoghan Murph(...)

Ibrahim Halawa just moments after his acquittal in Cairo: The court must inform the interior ministry of its decision before his release process can get under way. Photograph: Declan Walsh/New York Times

Ibrahim Halawa’s solicitor is hopeful that the Tallaght man will be home by the beginning of next week, despite a 60 day window for a possible state a(...)

Members of the Halawa family – Nosayba, Omaima (with her baby Abdullah), Khadija, Fatima and Somaia – celebrate at home in Dublin after hearing news of their brother Ibrahim’s acquittal in Cairo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In normal circumstances, the outcome of Ibrahim Halawa’s trial would have been a foregone conclusion. Not a single piece of evidence implicating him i(...)

Ibrahim Halawa’s sisters Nosayba, Somaya, Omaima, Fatima and Khadija – with their children Aisha, Sundus and Hamza – protesting along with members of Amnesty International outside the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin to mark the fourth anniversary of his arrest. Photograph: Alan Betson

2013 August 13th – Ibrahim Halawa, a 17-year-old Irish citizen, is arrested by Egyptian security forces along with his older sisters Somaia, Fatima a(...)

DUP position: Arlene Foster with Nigel Dodds and Simon Hamilton at Stormont this month. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, has said the Northern Ireland Secretary’s threat to cut MLA salaries was not an incentive (...)