Emily O Reilly

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Dealing with death

The Ombudsman’s reflections on end-of-life care will hopefully add momentum to the gathering debate on how we deal with death. In his report, A Good D(...)

Emily O’Reilly pictured in her office during her last week as Ombudsman last year.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The fact that biology has “manacled” them to the lives of their children needs to be acknowledged if mothers are to find “psychological peace” in t(...)

Former president Mary McAleese said there was just something profoundly wrong and skewed” about asking “150 male celibates” to review the Catholic Church’s teaching on family life. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former president Mary McAleese has described as “completely bonkers” Pope Francis’s plan to ask a synod of bishops to advise him on whether church tea(...)

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall who suggested today that a fall in complaints to his office may be as a result of people not being told by public bodies about their option to complain.  He was speaking at the Office of the Ombudsman in Dublin today.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Complaints to the Ombudsman’s office fell by 6.5 per cent last year, the second successive yearly drop.Ombudsman Peter Tyndall expressed concern about(...)

The CAO points system was created in the 1970s when our universities were never provided with the resources to develop to the point where they could (...)

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has encouraged Irish school-leavers to consider studying in EU countries other than Ireland given the constraints of the higher education system here.
 Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has encouraged Irish school leavers to consider studying in EU countries other than Ireland given the constraints(...)

Part of an FOI response from the Department of Public Expenditure concerning details of 2014 Budget discussions. The Information Commissioner said secrecy prevails in some areas of the public sector.

The Information Commissioner has criticised “bastions of secrecy” within parts of the public sector who continue to refuse access to information which(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik, director of Burren Law School, with Dr Fatima Hamroush, former minister for health, Libya, Prof Richard Susskind, legal author and philosopher, and Kenneth Nichols, historian and author, during a break in lectures at the Burren Law School 2014, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, at the weekend. Photograph: Eamon Ward

The State is “turning a blind eye” to the use of Shannon airport by the United States for rendition purposes, raising the question as to whether Irela(...)

North African migrants sit on a deck of the Italian navy ship ‘San Giorgio’ after being rescued at sea off the coast of Libya earlier this month. Photograph: EPA/Matteo Guidelli

New rules on the treatment of migrants who enter the European Union will come into effect this summer as the European Parliament passed a new l(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: intends to bring a revised Freedom of Information Bill to Cabinet shortly. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Work still needs to be done to remove the culture of secrecy in the public sector and develop an approach that favours transparency in the pursuit (...)

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