John McGuinness defended the PAC saying the committee is there to carry out a particular function

McGuinness: PAC will fight Kerins' legal action

12.37 The Chairman of the Dáil Public Accounts Commission has said that a legal challenge by the former Rehab chief executive, Angela Kerins, to the committee's questioning of her will be robustly defended.

Mo Mowlam raised the case of the 'high profile' individual with attorney general Lord Morris in April 1999

Mowlam 'tried to stop prosecution'

18 Jul Former Northern Ireland secretary Mo Mowlam lobbied the British government's senior law officer to ask him not to prosecute a suspect to help boost peace process negotiations.

Angela Merkel called on Russia to work towards a political solution

Putin and Merkel call for truce in Ukraine

18 Jul Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for a ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces fighting in eastern Ukraine to allow for negotiations.

Frank Flannery's firm Laragh Consulting, received over €409,000 from Rehab from 2007-2013 for consultancy services

Flannery says FG role not 'unrelated' to PAC call

18 Jul Former Rehab chief executive and board member Frank Flannery has said his role as director of elections for Fine Gael was not "unrelated" to the decision by the Public Accounts Committee to "haul" him in to subject him to "their particular form of inquisition".

Four soldiers and seven horses were killed in the Hyde Park bombing in 1982

Government named two to avail of OTRs

17 Jul It has emerged that the Government also put forward people to avail of the controversial 'on-the-runs' (OTRs) scheme which was the subject of a report today by Lady Justice Hallett.

James Reilly said there were elements of public health which specifically affect children

Department heads to discuss health changes

17 Jul The Secretaries General of the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs are to meet to discuss the most appropriate parts of public health to move to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Legislative reform will see the Child Care Act 1991 being amended

Call for clear definition of aftercare plans

17 Jul A clearer definition of what an aftercare plan is and what it should include should be provided in the Aftercare Bill 2014 when it is published by the Government, according to a new report from the Committee on Health and Children.

James Reilly said Judge Yvonne Murphy 'is ideally suited to this challenging role'

Judge Yvonne Murphy to chair homes inquiry

16 Jul The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced that Judge Yvonne Murphy will chair the Commission of Investigation into Church-run mother-and-baby homes.

Frank Flannery and Angela Kerins refused to appear before the committee earlier in April

PAC denied permission to compel Kerins & Flannery

16 Jul The Dáil Committee on Procedure and Privileges has declined to give the Public Accounts Committee permission to compel former Rehab chief executives Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery to appear before it.

Heather Humphreys said that she learned Irish to Leaving Cert standard

Gaeltacht minister defends her level of Irish

16 Jul The new Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht has defended her level of Irish, following reports that neither she nor Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs Joe McHugh are fluent Irish speakers.

China's ruling Communist party is increasingly punishing members on charges of 'adultery'

China vows crackdown on 'adultery'

16 Jul China's ruling Communist party is increasingly punishing members on charges of "adultery", state media said, as it tries to clean up members' reputation for corruption and womanising.

The law protects gardaí, employees, contractors, agency workers and the Defence Forces

New legislation to protect whistleblowers

15 Jul Legislation to protect whistleblowers came into force today with legal protections for workers who report concerns about wrongdoing in the public, private and non-profit sectors.