This ship of State is leaking badly

This was not a leak. It wasn't even a 'leak'.The 40-page document detailing Ireland’s budget plans for 2012 and 2013, and the covering letters of intent from Minister for Finance Michael Noonan discussed by the Bundestag’s finance committee yesterday were not faxed under cover of darkness from deep within the Department of Finance.

Murphy - 'We were told lie after lie by Israel'

Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy has released a statement describing his experience of imprisonment in Ramla’s Givon prison. Murphy was one of the crew on the Freedom Waves flotilla intercepted in international waters by Israeli security forces on 4 November as it sought to breach the naval blockade of Gaza. He was imprisoned for 7 days by the Israeli authorities after the flotilla was intercepted and redirected to the port of Ashdod.

'What about democracy?'

Protesters interrupted a speech by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy on Friday with one simple question: “What about democracy?” Van Rompuy was delivering his speech - on the political and economic challenges facing Europe - at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. The EUI is the prestige university of the European Union. Many of the senior staff are former members or heads of European Union bodies, and a large percentage of the mainly post-graduate student body go on to take up jobs in European institutions.

Israel continues to delay return of activists to Ireland

Seven Irish human rights activists due home in Ireland from Israel this afternoon were prevented from boarding their flight out of Ben Gurion airport this morning by Israeli armed guards. The activists had been detained by Israeli authorities after their ship, the MV Saoirse, which was sailing with the Freedom Waves flotilla, was intercepted by Israeli soldiers on 4 November as it sought to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.