Feargal Quinn says Irish Water did not initially have the right to seek PPS numbers

Quinn to challenge Irish Water's PPS requirement

21.58 Independent Senator, Feargal Quinn has said he intends to publish a Bill in the Seanad seeking the removal of powers from Irish Water to request citizens to provide their Personal Public Service Numbers.

HealthStat was established to provide a greater degree of accuracy on key acute hospital outcomes

HSE pays €2.7m to IT consultancy

18.42 The Health Service Executive has paid €2.7m in fees to an IT consultancy which was originally hired for €29,500, according to an internal report obtained by RTÉ's This Week.

In a statement, Sean Barrett said the Technical Group is no more than a technical mechanism

Ceann Comhairle responds to Technical Group

21.10 The Ceann Comhairle has responded to the legal advice received by members of the Technical Group, which questions the inclusion of TD's Lucinda Creighton and Peter Mathews to the Group.

The WHO's Marie-Paule Kieny says around 200,000 doses of the vaccine will be ready by the middle of 2015

Ebola vaccine to be rolled out by middle of 2015

18.04 The World Health Organization (WHO) has set out plans for speeding up development of experimental Ebola vaccines, saying hundreds of thousands of doses should be ready for use in West Africa by the middle of 2015.

A refugee from eastern Ukraine walks in a refugee camp in Russia's Rostov region

UN says 824,000 displaced by Ukrainian conflict

11.31 The conflict in Ukraine has driven more than 824,000 people from their homes, the UN refugee agency said this morning, warning that it was having to quickly prepare aid to offset the impact of winter.

The taxpayer will be liable for the costs of both parties because of late disclosure of documentation by the department

Department to pay all costs in GRA sick pay case

17.53 The High Court has ordered the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to pay all the costs of a case regarding the inclusion of gardaí in a reduced public service sick pay scheme, even though the gardaí lost the case.

Disputes between international companies and EU states would instead be solved by an international arbitration panel

Possible legal changes for multinationals' rows

15.50 The Government has come out in favour of a controversial mechanism which would allow multinational companies to take legal action outside national courts in the event of a dispute with a sovereign state.

The NSAI warned that costumes and accessories such have a visible CE mark

Warning issued over Halloween costumes

15.29 The National Standards Authority of Ireland has urged parents to check for safety labels and markings when shopping for Halloween costumes and accessories.

The man acted alone and there was no apparent link to an attack in Quebec earlier in the week

Ottawa gunman identified as muslim convert

23 Oct The gunman involved in yesterday's shooting at the Canadian Parliament Buildings had plans to travel to Syria and had been in correspondence with someone previously arrested on terrorism charges.