An economic statement six months before budget day is established in several countries

Govt to cut tax and USC up to 2020 - Noonan

11.51 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said people can expect to see improvements in their living standards each year until 2020, because the Government will be cutting income tax and USC rates - especially for low and middle income earners.

An aerial view of damaged homes in Nepal

Nepal warns earthquake death toll could hit 10,000

11.47 Nepal's Prime Minister has said the death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake could reach 10,000, as residents frustrated by the government's slow response used their bare hands to dig for signs of their loved ones.

The jury in the trial of Gail O'Rorke continues its deliberations

Jury continues deliberations in suicide trial

11.25 A jury has begun deliberating for a second day on a verdict in the trial of a Dublin woman charged with attempting to assist the suicide of another woman by making arrangements for her to travel to Zurich.

The sister of Myuran Sukumaran is carried from the prison in distress

Australia slams chaos before Indonesian executions

11.50 Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has criticised Indonesia's "chaotic" handling of the execution of nine prisoners, including eight foreigners, saying there would be "consequences" if the killings were carried out.

Detention centre at Oberstown is at full capacity at present

Child detention must be 'last resort'

11.28 The Director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust has said vigilance is needed to ensure the National Children's Detention Centre at Oberstown in north Dublin remains the last resort when it comes to dealing with children in conflict with the law.

IBRC transactions where the write-down was more than €10m are to be reviewed

Retired judge to monitor IBRC review

27 Apr Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has announced the Terms of Reference for a review of certain transactions carried out by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), prior to the appointment of the special liquidators.

James Holmes is accused of shooting dead 12 people in a Colorado cinema

Prosecutor says cinema gunman planned 'slaughter'

27 Apr Colorado's long-awaited cinema massacre trial began this evening with jurors asked to decide whether gunman James Holmes was insane when he killed a dozen movie goers in 2012, or a calculating mass murderer who deserves execution.

Gail O'Rorke denies the charge of attempting to assist the suicide of Bernadette Forde

Jury sent home in assisted suicide trial

27 Apr A jury at the Circuit Criminal Court has been sent home for the night after earlier beginning deliberations on a verdict in the trial of a Dublin woman charged with attempting to assist the suicide of another woman by making arrangements for her to travel to Zurich.

The riots broke out just a few blocks from the site of the funeral

Riots after funeral of US man who died in custody

27 Apr Protesters hurled bricks, looted businesses and set fires in Baltimore tonight in violence that injured at least seven police officers following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died after he was injured in police custody.

People on low incomes will not be pursued for outstanding debt if they sell their homes

Ulster Bank in move over mortgage arrears

27 Apr Ulster Bank is to write to 2,000 people in arrears telling them if they sell their homes they will not be pursued for the outstanding debt if they are on low incomes and eligible for social housing.

News in Brief

News in Brief

27 Apr A roundup of other domestic and international stories

Jim Wells caused controversy over remarks made at an election event last week

NI health minister Jim Wells resigns

27 Apr Northern Ireland's health minister Jim Wells, who recently caused controversy over remarks made at an election campaign event, has resigned for family reasons.

Rank and file gardaí want mandatory sentences for assaults against officers

Garda image damaged by allegations - GRA

27 Apr The president of the Garda Representative Association has said the corporate image of An Garda Síochána has been damaged by allegations of malpractice and a perceived crisis of leadership and management.

Andrew Chan (L) and Myuran Sukumaran have been told their execution is imminent

Australia in bid to halt Indonesia executions

27 Apr Australia has made a last-minute plea for a stay in the imminent execution of two Australian drug traffickers in Indonesia, saying that reports their trial had been tainted by corruption needed to be investigated.