Women like Amina do not have the freedom to move around, limited by inadequate funds and fear of being stopped and asked for papers.

Escaping persecution to live in limbo

Amina and myself are almost the same age. We both have grown-up children. We are both grandmothers. We both left our country of birth and are living in Ireland. But because of an accident of birth, our lives could not be more different.

Former Rehab CEOs Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery have refused to attend Public Accounts Committee hearings chaired by John McGuinness on payments to executives at the charity.

Rehab finances: The issue that refuses to go away

The refusal of ex-Rehab CEOs Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery to explain themselves — and a series of financial deals — in public will again come under the microscope during an emergency Dáil Public Accounts Committee meeting today, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.


Wind power can deliver big gains for the country

If we give in to myths in arguments against wind energy, we risk losing a major opportunity for energy and economic development, writes Grace O’Sullivan

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Ukraine conflict must avoid the nuclear option

Nearly 28 years ago, the Chernobyl disaster struck Ukraine. With the prospect of a Russian invasion looming, all sides should beware of atomic warfare, says Bennett Ramberg

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin and Health Minister Dr James Reilly are on a collision course over Department of Health  overspend fears.

Health budget in firing line over department overspend fears

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin should drop his faux surprise over concerns the HSE will fail to meet its Budget 2014 cutback targets — he has been repeatedly warned about the scenario since October, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith


Mortgage-to-rent scheme ‘all but unworkable’

The Government’s much vaunted mortgage-to-rent scheme to aid distressed home owners is in crisis as Ireland’s four main lending institutions say it is all but unworkable.


Sharon Bowles - A Woman of Substance

Look around the board of any central bank, including the ECB, and what you see at the top is still a world of grey men with very few exceptions.

President Higgins enjoys a light moment when Martha Wainwright, 6, presents flowers to Sabina.

All of UK’s a stage for theatrical Michael D

To be, or not to be theatrical, that was the question for President Michael D Higgins as he took to the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company.


IMF’s tough love gets even tougher

Jesse Griffiths and Nessa Ní Chasaide examine IMF conditionality and ask what can be done about its undue influence on policy.

Angela Kerins

PAC takes aim at Kerins' extortionate pay packet

Though she wasn’t present at the PAC meeting yesterday, Angela Kerins and her extortionate pay packet loomed large as committee members took aim, writes Political Editor Mary Regan