MABS said the surcharges were "a shameful rip-off of the most financially vulnerable consumers"

MABS criticises energy metre surcharges

07.23 An increasing number of shops are surcharging purchasers of pay-as-you-go credit for energy metres, according to research by the Money Advice and Budgeting Service.

IPA Director Stephen McMahon says the health service is under "serious strain"

Varadkar: No attempt to hide waiting list details

21 Dec The Irish Patients' Association has described the news that thousands of patients are on hidden waiting lists within the health service as "yet another symptom of the appalling apartheid that is in our public health system..."

A spokesperson for Alan Kelly has said water meters will be used as part of the charging system

Bord Gáis questioned need for water metering

21 Dec Bord Gáis questioned the need to proceed with Irish Water's €540m metering programme as a means of billing customers for water use, according to documents seen by RTÉ's This Week programme.

An NY police officer says a prayer while kneeling in front of memorial for the two deceased officers

Two NYPD officers shot in possible revenge attack

21 Dec A gunman shot dead two NYPD officers and then killed himself, after a social media post indicated he may have been seeking revenge for the death of an unarmed black man during an arrest attempt.

In his address President Higgins describes his State Visit to the UK as 'an immense privilege and pleasure'

President Higgins gives Christmas address

21 Dec In his Christmas and New Year message, President Michael D Higgins has offered wishes to everyone in Ireland as well as all of the Irish abroad, those who assist them, and the communities that have welcomed them.

Current president Moncef Marzouki took 33% of ballots in the first round of voting in November

Polls open in Tunisian presidential election

21 Dec Polls have opened in Tunisia for a presidential run-off election that completes the country's transition to full democracy nearly four years after an uprising which ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

The Interview was scheduled for release on Christmas Day in the US

US still adamant N Korea was behind Sony attack

20 Dec The US stands by its assertion that the North Korean government was behind the massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council has said.

Raul Castro reiterated his willingness for respectful and reciprocal dialogue regarding disagreements with the US

Castro hails 'obstacle' removal in US-Cuba affairs

20 Dec Cuban President Raul Castro has hailed the removal of an "obstacle" in US-Cuba relations, saying he is ready to discuss any topic with the United States after the historic bilateral rapprochement.

The talks in Belfast adjourned late last night and will resume on Monday

Progress made in Northern Ireland talks

20 Dec Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, talked by telephone with British Prime Minister David Cameron earlier today.

The group has said its members were not consulted about the proposals and are not protected by legislation

Former Aer Lingus employees in pension protest

20 Dec Former employees of Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport Authority and SR Technics, who say they stand to lose up to 60% of their pensions under the airline's new pension deal, have protested outside Dublin Airport.

Ban Ki Moon visited an Ebola treatment centre outside Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown

UN chief praises Ebola healthcare workers

20 Dec UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people.

The bombing is the first since the end of war in Gaza

Israel bombs Gaza militants after rocket attack

20 Dec Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in Gaza yesterday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.