Seán Barrett said that the decision he took was not influenced by any letter from Alan Shatter

Barrett denies Shatter influenced debate decision

15.22 Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has said his decision to cancel a Dáil debate on the creation of a commission of inquiry into allegations of malpractice in a garda division was not influenced by any letter from Alan Shatter.

Mary Lou McDonald said it was extraordinary that the proposed inquiry was to be set up without debate

Barrett's blocking of Dáil debate 'perverse'

29 Jan The Opposition has described as "disproportionate" and "perverse" a decision by Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett to block a Dáil debate after legal objections from former minister for justice Alan Shatter.

Anne Ferris criticised the lack of objectivity in the Govt's selection of the 14 individual institutions

Ferris abstains from mother-and-baby vote

28 Jan A Government backbencher has abstained in votes on the draft terms of reference of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Related Matters.

Libby Lane was named as the new bishop of Stockport last month

News in Brief

26 Jan A round up of stories from Ireland and around the world.

Mr Modi's custom suit was a point of mockery on social media

India's PM mocked for suit with name printed on it

26 Jan Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's daring fashion choices have won plaudits in the past, but his decision to wear a suit with his own name printed all over it sparked a barrage of mockery on social media.

Valerie O'Reilly, pictured in 2009, is on the board of the National Transport Authority

Lowry defends 'not bad looking' comment

26 Jan Independent TD Michael Lowry has said that he wrote a note to the Taoiseach, published in yesterday's Sunday Independent, asking him to re-appoint Valerie O'Reilly to the board of the National Transport Authority.

A victorious Alexis Tsipras greeted supporters at the party's main campaign platform in Athens

Anti-austerity Syriza party wins Greek election

25 Jan Greece will work with its EU-IMF creditors for a "viable" debt deal but is determined to leave behind "disastrous austerity," Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said after his party won the general election.

Chan Kin-man, (L), Benny Tai (C) and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming hold a banner in front of the Wanchai Police station

Hong Kong Occupy leaders arrested

24 Jan The original founders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy movement were arrested and released this morning as the city's police chief defended the investigation into mass protests, saying it was not "a show".