Thomas 'Slab' Murphy was found guilty of tax evasion in December

'Slab' Murphy tax evasion sentencing deferred

12 Feb Prominent republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy will be sentenced for tax evasion in two weeks after judges at the Special Criminal Court adjourned proceedings until 26 February.

George Clooney and his wife Amal met German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Refugee crisis bigger than Syrian exodus - Clooney

12 Feb Actor George Clooney said the refugee crisis is bigger than the headline-grabbing exodus from Syria and Iraq, and he believes Americans "will do the right thing" by rejecting Donald Trump and calls to ban Muslims entering the United States.

A recent report claims that 93% of grants approved were for Gaeltacht areas in Joe McHugh's constituency

Gaeltacht minister 'should explain' grants

11 Feb The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Gaeltacht Affairs has said that the Gaeltacht minister should go before the Public Accounts Committee to explain his allocation of Gaeltacht grants.

Issue of abortion has long divided opinion in Northern Ireland

Stormont rejects abortion reform proposal

11 Feb Following a four-hour debate, members of Northern Ireland's Assembly last night rejected a proposal to allow abortions in cases where the foetus has no chance of survival outside the womb.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutolgu said violence in the north of Aleppo had forced 200,000 people to flee

Turkey will not shut gates to refugees - PM

09 Feb Some 70,000 Syrian refugees could reach the Turkish border if the military campaign there continues at this intensity, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutolgu said, adding Turkey will not shut its gates to the refugees.

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds raised the issue in the House of Commons

DUP motion on Brexit is defeated at Westminster

09 Feb A motion by the Democratic Unionist Party raising objections to setting a late date in June for holding the in/out referendum on UK membership of the European Union, known as the Brexit, has been defeated in Westminster.

Stormont Assembly to debate legislative proposals

NI bishops in call over abortion proposals

09 Feb Northern Ireland's Catholic Bishops have urged Assembly members to reject legislative proposals to broaden the grounds for abortion in a debate scheduled for tomorrow.

Labour and Fianna Fáil made announcements on tax and the economy this morning

Labour and Fianna Fáil pledge to cut USC

08 Feb Labour and Fianna Fáil have pledged cuts to the Universal Social Charge, while the Taoiseach has promised over 10,000 public service jobs if he is returned to office.

Micheál Martin says Government has "failed miserably on health"

From childcare to jobs, parties launch strategies

06 Feb As the General Election campaign enters its first weekend, the main political parties are launching strategies on issues ranging from childcare, rural development and the promotion of new businesses.

The debate came three days before New Hampshire Republicans register their choices  in the nation's second nominating contest

Marco Rubio struggles at Republican debate

07 Feb US Republican contender Marco Rubio struggled at a presidential debate last night at the worst possible time, potentially confounding his bid to emerge as Donald Trump's chief rival in New Hampshire and giving hope to three rivals desperate for a strong showing.

A Statutory Instrument would require windfarms to conduct an environmental impact assessment of their electricity grid connection as part of any planning permission application

Windfarm lobby group critical of Govt policy

07 Feb A confidential memo from the wind industry's main lobby group has described a proposed new planning order from the outgoing Government as posing a "significant impact" on the windfarm sector.

The Taoiseach was in his own Mayo constituency with Michelle Mulherin in Ballina today

The campaign trail - what's happening today?

07 Feb On the first Sunday of the General Election 2016 campaign, Fine Gael ministers Michael Noonan, Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris held a press conference in Fine Gael's Media HQ to set out the details of Fine Gael's plans for the abolition of the USC as a core part of the party's Long Term Economic

Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of trying to unfairly discredit her by suggesting she was beholden to powerful donors

Sanders promises 'don't add up' - Clinton

05 Feb Hillary Clinton locked horns with her rival for the Democratic White House nomination Bernie Sanders in a party debate yesterday, saying his promises "don't add up" and accusing him of smear tactics.