Benefit claimant count down 5,000
The number of people signing on last month fell to just over 390,000.
Gardai launches child abduction app
Gardai have launched a new mobile phone app that alerts users when a child has been abducted.
Record passenger total for Ryanair
Ryanair carried 5.2 million passengers last month - giving the Irish budget airline its best-ever November.
Betrayed, murdered and brushed under the carpet: Irish government apologises after Smithwick tribunal finds Garda mole colluded with killers of RUC officers
The Irish government has made an unprecedented apology after members of the Garda were found to have betrayed two RUC officers leading to their brutal murders 25 years ago.
Adams slammed for Smithwick comment
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams was left isolated tonight after he claimed two of the most senior RUC officers killed by the IRA had only themselves to blame.
Man held over Black murder released
One of two men arrested on suspicion of dissident republican activity as part of investigations into the murder of a prison officer in Northern Ireland has been released.
Pfizer axes 150 jobs at Irish plant
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is axeing 150 jobs at one of its plants in Ireland.
Republic's health bosses apologise for death of new mother who was airlifted to Belfast
The family of an Indian woman who died in Northern Ireland a week after giving birth to her first child in the Republic has been awarded almost €1m (£850,000) in damages from health chiefs.
Report 'has implications for talks'
Garda collusion with the IRA in the murder of two senior RUC men will have major implications for ongoing peace talks in Northern Ireland, it was warned tonight.
Smithwick Tribunal: Timeline of gardai collusion probe into IRA murders of RUC men
A timeline of the Smithwick Tribunal into gardai collusion over the IRA murders of two senior RUC officers.
Fears of victim's family realised
The family of Harry Breen have said all their fears have been realised by the tribunal's devastating findings.
'Incredible and shocking,' says son
Bob Buchanan's son has spoken of his disbelief that his father was effectively set up to be murdered.
IRA mole 'aided police murders'
An IRA mole in the Irish Republic's police tipped off a terrorist hit squad who murdered two of the most senior RUC men to die in the Troubles, a damning collusion report has found.
Smithwick Tribunal: Police in the Republic colluded in IRA murders of senior RUC officers
Two of the most senior RUC officers murdered by the IRA in the Troubles were ambushed following a leak from a Garda station in the Irish Republic, a damning report has found.
10 A-Wear stores likely to reopen
Up to 10 A-Wear stores are being lined up for reopening, receivers have said.
Payout after death of new mother
The family of an Indian woman who died a week after giving birth to her first child has been awarded almost one million euro in damages from health chiefs.
Keaveney switches to Fianna Fail
The former chairman of the Labour Party has joined Fianna Fail claiming the party has learnt lessons from the past.
139 sleeping rough in Dublin
At least 139 people are sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin.
Rogue solicitor Thomas Byrne is jailed for €52m scam
A rogue solicitor has been handed a 16-year sentence, with four years suspended, for orchestrating a colossal €52m (£43m) property loans swindle – the largest theft case in Irish history.
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Watch out for Christmas thieves new
People have been warne d by Justice Minister Alan Shatte r to be vigilant this Christmas despite a drop in most types of crime.
Georgia's killer 'a sexual deviant' new
A 23-year-old man killed teenager Georgia Williams after luring her to his parents' house and hanging her, a court has heard.
Syria accused over 'disappeared' new
People around Syria are systematically vanishing without a trace as part of a widespread campaign of terror against civilians, a UN panel probing war crimes says.
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De Boer 'focused on Ajax' new
Frank de Boer has insisted he is focused on Ajax amid suggestions the former Holland captain is a target for Tottenham.
Townsend demands reaction new
Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend has urged his side to bounce back from their Heineken Cup exit when they host Treviso in the RaboDirect Pro12.
Adele at palace for MBE honour new
Adele has capped a memorable year by being awarded an MBE by the Prince of Wales.
Steps star Watkins wins apology new
Steps star Ian Watkins has received a public apology at the High Court over the mistaken use of his photograph on a celebrity news website reporting the guilty pleas of Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins to serious sexual offences.
Phoenix for Batman-Superman movie? new
Joaquin Phoenix is rumoured to be in talks to play Lex Luthor in the new Batman-Superman movie.