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The United Nations Committee Against Torture (Uncat) has queried limitations in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, adding to reservations ab(...)

Sabina Higgins: expressed gratitude to the missionaries for their “outstanding contribution” in many countries throughout the world

Irish missionaries who have each served between 40 and 60 years abroad were honoured at a special awards ceremony in Dublin City Hall yesterday. An in(...)

Jörg Asmussen, a member of the ECB’s executive board and one of the prime figures in the troika’s management of Ireland’s bailout, answers questions about the Outright Monetary Transactions initiative. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said last week that the decision to leave the bailout without a credit line meant Ireland was neither at an advant(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, with former US ambassador Dan Rooney at a reception for members of the diplomatic corps at Áras an Uachtaráin last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The only time there was a longer delay in the appointment of a new US ambassador to Ireland was in 1935, and then the official title of the position w(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: referred to the possibility that incontrovertible DNA evidence of the involvement of a person or persons in a killing on either side could surface. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it would be difficult for families on either side of “a dark time in Northern Ireland” to follow the advice of the North(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan was addressing the Dáil ahead of a vote on the Government’s bailout exit policy this evening. Photograph: Frank Miller/Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said today the decision to exit the bailout programme without a backstop was a “finely balanced” one.However, he i(...)

Tánaiste Labour Party leader Eamonn Gilmore: told the Labour Party that the tax has been a long-term part of industrial strategy and was a matter of national competence. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said he has made it clear in discussions with Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) that Ireland’s corporation tax rate w(...)

Next year could be a turbulent one, with the ECB about to stress-test the main euro zone banks. President of the ECB Mario Draghi  has said some banks need to fail the tests  for the process to have credibility, raising the prospect of more public money being needed to bail out banks.

What happened yesterday?The Cabinet decided that when exiting the troika bailout programme on December 15th, Ireland would go it alone rather than app(...)

The removal of a permanent vehicle barrier from the Border between Strabane, Co Tyrone and Lifford, Co Donegal in 1998. But could the Border disappear completely?

Thirty-eight years ago Seamus Heaney wrote the poem Whatever You Say, Say Nothing. It described “The famous Northern reticence, the tight gag of place(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan meets with European Central Bank president Mario Draghi at the  meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels this evening. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the Government’s decision to exit the three-year bailout programme next month without seeking precautiona(...)

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