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Dr Peter Boylan, former master of the National Maternity Hospital: estimated there were some 60 terminations in hospitals in the State annually. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Provisions in abortion legislation that a woman could face up to 14 years in prison if she has a termination in Ireland do (...)

Martin Weale, a member of the Bank of England’s  nine-strong Monetary Policy Committee, said policymakers should tread carefully over  flexibility in newly reworded mandate to help growth.  Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Bank of England must be careful not to cause people to doubt its commitment to its inflation target as it uses the flexibility in its newly(...)

Gerald Lawless, chief executive Jumeirah Group, Dubai

Growing up on a dairy farm in the west of Ireland, destination spas and five star hotels were the last thing on Gerald Lawless’s mind. But that(...)

Google’s European, Middle East and African sales headquarters on Barrow Street, Dublin. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The ongoing political controversy over the level of tax being paid by Google in its major European markets could have serious implications for (...)

Hope amid uncertainty

Hope amid uncertainty in a volatile world. That is one way of viewing the Economic and Social Research Institute’s (ESRI) qualified optimism ab(...)

A former priest (62), who was extradited from Britain to stand trial on 34 child sex abuse charges, has been remanded in custody by a court i(...)

People in Cyprus continue to face restrictions on the amount of money they are permitted to withdraw from bank accounts. Photograph: Bogdan Cristel/Reuters

Two months after the Cyprus bailout, capital controls are still in place on the Mediterranean island. The phrase is one of the many muted, unde(...)

Concerns over the European Commission’s “smart border package” will be a key topic at today’s European Security Trends and Threats in Society ((...)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland after acknowledging sexual misconduct, will leave Scotland for months of “prayer and penance”, the Vatican said on today. Photograph : Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland after acknowledging sexual misconduct, will leave Scotland for (...)

Bank of England governor Mervyn King at the publication of the bank’s quarterly inflation report. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Britain’s central bank lifted a bit of the gloom hanging over the economy today, issuing a slightly improved outlook for inflation and growth f(...)

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