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".

Ireland breached its reporting obligation by failing to provide information requested by last October

Ireland in breach of labour rights charter

22 Jan Ireland has been found to be in breach of a European charter covering labour rights in respect of issues including working hours, the minimum wage and compensation for occupational health risks.

The case regarded comments Alan Shatter (left) made about Mick Wallace (right) on RTÉ's Prime Time

Shatter loses appeal over data breach

21 Jan Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has lost his appeal against a decision by the Data Protection Commissioner that he breached the Data Protection Act.

The department said private activities 'are liable to become mixed with public duties'

No breakdown of mileage expenses from ministers

21 Jan The Government refused to ask ministers to give a breakdown of their mileage claims, arguing that they could technically still be working even when they were shopping and at family outings.

Simon Coveney said a coalition with Labour would be his strong preference

Coveney regrets upset over coalition remarks

21 Jan Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has told a Fine Gael meeting he regrets any upset caused to the party by his comments over a potential alliance with Fianna Fáil after the next election.

Minister Alex White has announced the membership of the board of Ervia

Membership of Ervia board announced

20 Jan Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White has announced the membership of the board of Ervia, which has overall responsibility for Irish Water and Gas Networks Ireland.