Five party leaders clashed in a 90-minute 'challengers' debate' in the absence of Prime Minister David Cameron

Opposition leaders clash in UK election debate

16 Apr Ed Miliband was judged the "winner" of the second TV debate of the British General Election campaign in an instant poll conducted after he clashed with leaders of smaller parties who urged him to form a "progressive" coalition to run the country.

A number of ministers have indicated that pay rises must be linked to further reform

Civil servants to refuse additional productivity

16 Apr Mid-ranking civil servants will refuse to provide any additional productivity in return for pay restoration in forthcoming talks with the government, according to the president of the Public Service Executive Union.

Bruno Rodriguez and John Kerry were said to have made progress after 'very constructive discussions'

Obama and Castro to share stage at Summit

10 Apr US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will share the same stage today in an encounter rich with symbolism as their countries set aside decades of mistrust and attempt to restore diplomatic relations.

A protest at the Department of Justice to mark 15 years of direct provision

15 years of direct provision 'regrettable'

10 Apr Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said the 15th anniversary of direct provision today is not an occasion to be proud of and marks a regrettable period in Irish history.

The protests closed down the Eiffel Tower to tourists

Thousands protest against French cutbacks

09 Apr Tens of thousands took to the streets in towns and cities across France today in union-led protests against public spending cuts that closed down the Eiffel Tower to tourists.

Tony Blair said the 'short-term' pain of David Cameron's proposed re-negotiation has been underestimated

Blair warns over Cameron's EU referendum promise

07 Apr David Cameron's plan to hold a EU membership referendum if he is re-elected would lead to an intense period of uncertainty for businesses, former British prime minister Tony Blair has said.

Delegates were told cuts to funding for special needs education were a shameful blot on the education landscape

INTO wants equality legislation repealed

06 Apr INTO president Sean McMahon has called on the Government to repeal equality legislation that allows schools to discriminate against individual teachers on the basis of their lifestyle.