At a meeting and dinner with Cuban president Raúl Castro,   Mr Higgins  brought up the issue  of human rights in Cuba in a clear but polite manner. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

Irish President meets Cuban activists and independent journalists on final day of visit

Goal is regarded as the leading force in rapid humanitarian response in Ireland, as seen with its work in Haiti rebuilding schools. Photograph: Alan Betson

Concern plan ended when Goal’s board opted for a rival merger pitch from Oxfam Ireland

President Higgins visiting Pedro Kouri Institute for Tropical Medicine  in  Havana  on the third day of his State visit. “As Cuba is enabled to reopen onto the world at this juncture of a new era, can we imagine new relations between freedom and justice?” Photograph: Maxwell’s

President says country at ‘interesting’ threshold as humanity faces systemic crisis

President Michael D Higgins(left)  greets author Joseph O’Connor in Havana as part of a three-day State visit to Cuba. Photograph: Maxwells

Joseph O’Connor’s ‘Star of the Sea’ is the first Irish novel since ‘Ulysses’ published in Cuba

  Michael D  Higgins and Raul Castro had a ‘warm, long and comprehensive’ discussion on the first day of his three day visit. Photograph: Adalberto Roquedal/AFP/Getty Images

Human rights, LGBT rights and civil society discussed between two leaders

US vice-president Mike Pence: Irish officials see him as a potential ally in the Government’s campaign for immigration reform to help undocumented Irish in the USA. Photograph: Al Drago

US vice-president with Sligo family links will be guest of honour at meal on March 15th

US president Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Photograph: Win McNamee/EPA/GETTY

US president pledges to ‘destroy’ law preventing political activity by churches

Enda Kenny in Saudi Arabia: Mr Kenny drew heavy criticism for not raising human rights concerns during a 2014 trade mission to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Photograph: Mohammed Obaidi

If Kenny meets US president on St Patrick’s Day he will be watched like never before

Ibrahim Halawa has told an Irish delegation he is still on hunger strike.

Arab League suggests it may help to get a seat on the United Nations Security Council

A think-tank founder has said talks on article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the provision that allows for a member state to leave the bloc – would lead to a referendum here. Image: iStock

‘Unavoidable’ that talks on article 50 will trigger a referendum here, seminar hears

Charlie Flanagan: The Minister for Foreign Affairs has called for an end to all settlement construction by Israel in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Photograph: Eric Luke

Extra 3,000 units ‘inherently involves injustice and provocation for Palestinians’

The report found that Irish Aid had made very important inroads into reducing poverty in  Uganda. Photograph: Getty Images

Report suggests greater political nous could have mitigated 2012 corruption scandal

Barack Obama greets Donald Trump as he arrives on the platform at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, for  his inauguration as US president. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Chaotic interaction of US president’s power centres to shape administration’s worldview

 US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’ Malley and his wife, Dena, with President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, in Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday. Photograph:  Maxwell

Ireland’s carefully cultivated ties with the Republican Party are about to be tested

Catherine Day, a former secretary general of the European Commission, said the UK’s impending departure from the EU would deprive Dublin of an important ally.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Institute of International and European Affairs hears Franco-German axis tightening

A file image  of Ibrahim Halawa who has been held in Egypt since August 2013 after being arrested at a protest over the ousting of then president Mohamed Morsi.

Firhouse man has been detained in Egypt since being arrested at protest in August 2013

Goal general manager Celine Fitzgerald: “It’s not like there’s a queue of other agencies that can do this. There isn’t.” Photograph: Alan Betson

New general manager believes troubled aid agency is winning back trust of its funders

Goal’s largest donor was USAID, which accounted for €78m of total income.

Financial breakdown indicates ‘reasonable expectation’ the NGO’s operations can continue

 Minster for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan  and the New Zealand Foreign Minister  Murray McCully at Iveagh House Wednesday. Photograph: Maxwells

Murray McCully says Ireland would be ‘a terrific place’ to host the tournament

Ibrahim Halawa: Awaiting trial for three-and-a-half years.

President set to ‘exercise his legal authority for clemency as soon as sentence passed’

Poster from a press conference held by Lynn Boylan of Sinn Féin last August calling for the release of Ibrahim Halawa from jail in Egypt. Sinn Féin’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin was one of the TDs who visited Mr Halawa on Tuesday. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

21-year-old tells cross-party group at jail near Cairo he was placed in solitary confinement

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: said  the visit  by the Japanese foreign minister and the programme of events  would “celebrate our strong friendship based on shared values”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Foreign minister cites concerns about future of Japanese firms in UK

The Citizens’ Assembly considered changes to the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, at a meeting in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co Dublin over the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After two-day session, assembly sets aside extra weekend to discuss Eighth Amendment

Turkish upheavals: a supporter of President Erdogan at a rally in Ankara. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty

The Reina nightclub attack has only added to the country’s sense of insecurity. As its president turns towards Russia, many fear a(...)

Goal general manager Celine Fitzgerald: she said the organisation needed to further reduce its cost base. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

Charity says it needs to reduce its cost base as it deals with fallout from Syria spending inquiry

The relationship between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will be pivotal to events in 2017

Where are the flashpoints, and what will the populists do with their power?

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack in Aleppo on November 24th, 2016. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

2016 review: Aleppo the key site of a ferocious campaign to dislodge rebel factions

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of Aleppo on November 24th. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

World review of 2016: Across the globe a darker new world order is coming to pass

Cuban president Fidel Castro, left, and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev hug at the United Nations in this late 1960 image. Photograph: AP/Marty Lederhandler

Diplomatic effort to tackle fall-out from President Higgins’s warm tribute to leader

A wounded Syrian woman from the al-Sukari neighbourhood is helped on to the back of a truck as she flees during the ongoing military  operation to retake remaining rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

UN says intense bombardment of the rebel strongholds likely amount to a war crime

Syrian residents fleeing the conflict that has so far taken some 400,000 lives, displaced 11 million people and left much of Syria ravaged beyond all recognition. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

UN official says offensive by Assad forces ‘a complete meltdown of humanity’

 Charlie Flanagan: following “an intensive process of engagement with Goal”, Irish Aid was releasing €3.92 million in development funding for Goal. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

More than €7m had been withheld over USAID inquiry into bribery claims

Ibrahim Halawa: the Irish man gave a 10-minute address in which he said he was innocent of all charges against him and asked to be deported to Ireland

Irish man’s case in Egypt postponed for 17th time but request for medical exam granted

The Patrick Pearse letter written at Arbour Hill three days before his execution.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sale of note would debase Irish heritage in 1916 centenary year, says Diarmaid Ferriter

Written by Patrick Pearse on April 30th, 1916, the letter will go under the hammer with a guide price of between €1 million and €1.5 million

Lack of State interest means historic document likely to find private buyer overseas

 Mark Desmond at the time of his  conviction for possession of three shotguns and a rifle with intent to endanger life between October 1999 and February 2000. The verdict was later quashed by the Court of Criminal Appeal. Photograph: Ronan Quinlan

Victim of Lucan shooting was veteran figure within Dublin’s drug underworld

Nicola Sturgeon’s visit was her first to Dublin since becoming first minister in 2014. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Scottish first minister’s trip had serious undercurrent beyond just selfies with Senators

Nadia Murad: over a period of several weeks, she was repeatedly raped, beaten and humiliated. Photograph: Eric Luke

Escapee Nadia Murad tells of Islamic State’s barbarous treatment of the Yazidis of Iraq

Rick Berry, a florist in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, voted for Donald Trump

Voters in Pennsylvania explain the appeal of the Republican president-elect

In an interview on Saturday, Donald Trump appeared to soften his stance on a number of sweeping campaign pledges. Photograph:  Mandel NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

President-elect indicates illegal immigrants, including many Irish, will be rounded up

US president-elect Donald Trump made the first senior appointments of his administration on Sunday, naming Reince Priebus (left) as his chief of staff and Steve Bannon (right) as his chief strategist and senior counsellor. File photographs: AFP/Getty Images

Appointment of Ryan ally likely to be welcomed by Republicans in Congress

President-elect Donald Trump says ‘What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records,...we are getting them out of our country’. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

‘Certain areas’ of Mexican border wall may be fence, US president-elect tells CBS

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: addressed €500-a-head Friends of Sinn Féin dinner in New York on Thursday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Adams congratulates president-elect, pays tribute to defeated opponent Hillary Clinton

Leslie Rossi with her family outside The Trump House, the property she turned into a local campaign office for the candidate in western Pennsylvania, helping Trump become the first Republican to win the state since 1988

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump supporters speak out as the election result sinks in

A crowd marches from New York’s Union Square to Trump Tower in protest over Donald Trump’s election. Photograph: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

By reshaping the electoral landscape, Donald Trump has also refashioned his party

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell escorts US president-elect Donald Trump and  his wife Melania Trump to a meeting at the  Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

If the president-elect sticks to his previous statements, he will upend the global order

President Barack Obama makes a statement on the election results as the US vice-president, Joe Biden, listens in the Rose Garden of the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

President says he will work with Republican’s team to smooth transition

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes a concession speach after being defeated by Republican president-elect Donald Trump in New York, the US. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Democrat says she hopes Trump ‘will be a president for all of the US’ in concession speech

Republican presidential elect Donald Trump (L) giving a speech during election night in New York. Photograph: Ngan Mandel/AFP/Getty Images

A timeline of how Trump did the unthinkable and defeated Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump greets supporters at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Rolling Stones song ‘You can’t always get what you want’ blares through sound system

The Clinton family walks on stage and is greeted by Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi. Photograph: Logan Cyrus/Getty Images

Obamas, Springsteen and Bon Jovi come together in Philadelphia for closing pitch

Donald Trump (centre) campaigning in Florida, the biggest, most valuable battleground state in the US presidential election. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Ten competitive swing states critical in deciding if Clinton or Trump wins presidency

A supporter holds up a sign as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Sarasota, Florida, on Monday.  Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Democrat and Trump make last-ditch effort to shore up votes on eve on election

 Hillary Clinton hugs eleven year-old Gabrielle Green during church services at Mt Airy Church of God in Christ  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

James Comey tells Congress review of new emails has ‘not changed our conclusions’

Mr Trump’s campaign portrayed his late move as a sign of their candidate’s bullishness, arguing Mrs Clinton remained vulnerable in apparently safe states. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Polls show Clinton still holding advantage in likely key states, despite narrowing lead

Santiago Portal, who migrated from Cuba 50 years ago, displaying a sign supporting Donald Trump in Little Havana during the Calle Ocho Festival, Miami, last March. Photograph:  Sean Drakes/Getty Images

Those who arrived in the US in the 1960s reject Democratic softening towards Cuba

Supporters listen to Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami on Wednesday. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Republican nominee shows discipline and calls on Florida voters not to believe the polls

Bill Clinton on the campaign trail in Florida. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Ex-president combines policy mastery with folksy anecdotes as he maintains low profile

Donna Hoak, a retiree from Pittsbugh who moved south to The Villages, the biggest retirement community in the United States, 11 years ago. Photograph: Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

The biggest retirement community in the US is a microcosm of a changing society

Alina Fisk (4) wearing a Donald Trump cutout while costume shopping with her mother, Jamie, at Spirit Halloween in Port Richey, Florida. Photograph: Brendan Fitterer/Tampa Bay Times via AP

Blitz on Sunshine State reflects importance of diverse region with 29 electoral votes

Hillary Clinton: “It’s pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election.” Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Campaign manager says move by James Comey an unprecedented action

The border fence between Mexico and the US at Sasabe. Photograph: Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

Weekend Read: Donald Trump wants a wall between the US and Mexico. In Arizona, locals say it won’t stop people-smuggling, drug mu(...)

People  cast their ballots on electronic voting machines on the first day of early voting  in Provo, Utah, this week. Utah’s six electoral votes,  normally a safe bet for the Republicans, are up for grabs in this year’s election because of the strong showing by independent candidate Evan McMullin. Photograph: George Frey/Getty Images

State traditionally aligned with GOP sees support flow from Trump to Mormon ex-CIA man

Former CIA agent Evan McMullin talks to supporters after announcing his presidential campaign as an Independent candidate in August. Photograph: George Frey/Getty Images

Shoestring campaign brings Evan McMullin, a Mormon, to brink of a famous upset in Utah

Hadi Naseredden (19), Zain Siddiqi (19) and Mariam Fayad (21). “If I’m driving, I’m always scared,” says Fayad. “If I see a car with a Trump sticker, and I know the gun laws are really loose in Arizona, I’m afraid for my life, honestly.” Photograph: Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

Wave of hate crimes and Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric taking heavy toll

Employees of Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump stand behind him in support at a campaign event at his Trump National Doral golf club in Miami, Florida. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Republican US presidential candidate faces uphill battle to beat rival Clinton in key states

US first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a campaign rally for  Hillary Clinton in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 20th. Photograph: Ricardo Arduengo/Reuters

Hillary Clinton’s campaign blitzes state as it bids to copperfasten lead in polls

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump a rally on Saturday near the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg, at which he said he planned to sue the women who have accused him of groping. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

ABC News poll gives Hillary Clinton lead of 12 percentage points among likely voters

First lady Michelle Obama arrives on stage prior to speaking during a rally for Hillary Clinton in Phoenix, Arizona, yesterday. Photograph: Ross D Franklin/AP

Barack Obama had Springsteen but Hillary has chosen an even more appealing superstar

A protest sign by a line of taco trucks outside Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, where workers are in a labour dispute over wages and working conditions, October 19th, 2016. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

For low-paid staff, mostly women and immigrants, Trump win would be ‘nightmare’

Philip Kim, outreach director for Asian and Pacific Islander communities for the Clinton campaign in Nevada. “We don’t just go and show up at community events. We try to create spaces where people can meet,” he says. Photograph: Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

Filipinos say Democratic candidate ‘has always been a friend of ours, from way back’

Statuettes depicting presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a shop in Via San Gregorio Armeno in Naples, Italy. Photograph: Cesare Abbate/ANSA via AP

Obama chides Trump for voter fraud claim, telling Republican to ‘stop whining’

Colton del Bosque, a 27-year-old road maintenance worker who lives in Alamo with his wife Stevie and three children. “I like my guns, and I don’t like [the idea] that you couldn’t borrow my gun.  Hillary’s already said she don’t like guns.”  Photograph: Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

Voters in rural Nevada explain why they’re backing Donald Trump in US election

USAID has told Goal and other agencies to halt certain procurements using American funds pending the outcome of an inquiry. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images/Goal

Contracts of 10 employees to be terminated

Barry Andrews with children in Syria: he has stepped down as CEO of Goal which is one of a number of aid agencies being investigated by the US Office of Inspector General. Photograph: courtesy of Goal

As US investigates corruption allegations, Goal’s lack of unrestricted funds slows cashflow

Barry Andrews, a former Fianna Fáil minister, took the helm at Goal in 2013. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Chief executive steps down as aid agency reels from investigation into Syria operation

Barry Andrews, a former Fianna Fáil minister,  took the helm at Goal in 2013. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Charity faces US inquiry into alleged bribery and bid-rigging on Turkey-Syria border

Ola Dweek, a child psychologist in Gaza. Photograph: John McColgan

Riverdance impresario met fishermen, farmers, settlers and rabbis in West Bank and Gaza

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the €10 million increase in spending on overseas aid. Photograph: The Irish Times

Trócaire disappointed at allocation, which sees spending at ‘same level as 17 years ago’

David O’Sullivan recalled campaigning for Ireland to join the then European Economic Community in the early 1970s, seeing membership as a way for Ireland to break out of the “suffocating” bilateral relationship with the United Kingdom

David O’Sullivan ‘We have lived through 60 of the most remarkable years in Europe’

Citizens of Aleppo, (clockwise from top left) Ismail Abdullah, Wissam Zarqa and Hikmat Shihan treating a patient in a hospital in the besieged city.

Some of the entrapped and desperate citizens of the besieged city share their experiences with The Irish Times

Anti-FGM activists from all over African have gathered at Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Wicklow to work out how to end the barbaric practice. Pictured are Ifrah Ahmed, Jaha Dukureh, Elizabeth Anche, Gift Abu, Lisa Camara, Domtila Chesang, Jeremmie Kutanya, Lucy-Ann Ganda, Salamatu Kamara, Haadijatou Cessay and Maria Saine. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

An estimated 200m women worldwide have been subjected to female genital mutilation

An image taken from the Operation Inherent Resolve website on September 25th, 2016, featuring the flags of 65 states. Ireland’s Tricolour is not among them.

Foreign Affairs says Ireland ‘has not and will not’ participate in military action on Isis

The department said it was seeking to buy a property in Tokyo as the rental prices were so high.

Department of Foreign Affairs paying for rented property with spa, gym and cellar

A senior manager has resigned from Goal and the Government has withheld a further €7 million in funding from the aid agency. Photograph:

Government holds back money from agency over inquiry into Syria aid operations

A Syrian Kurdish woman hangs out washing at Ritsona refugee camp north of Athens, which hosts about 600 refugees and migrants. The EU’s border agency says the number of migrants arriving in the Greek islands has increased significantly over the past month. Photograph: Petros Giannakouris/AP

Plan for relocation of asylum seekers beset by ‘technical issues’ and delays

January 2015: Baga massacre – 2,000+ dead or missing – Boko Haram militants opened fire on northern Nigerian villages. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Despite extensive coverage, attacks are killing far fewer westerners than in 1970s and 1980s

British citizens, who will likely leave the European Economic Area after the Brexit vote, may have to prove a ‘close connection’ to Ireland should they wish to retire here under new proposals from the Department of Justice. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images.

Department of Justice immigration review says ancestry claims will need to be backed up

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe said that “the external framework within which Ireland has to make itself secure and to prosper  is changing.”

Donohoe tells Kennedy Summer School UK leaving to have far-reaching impact on State

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Kennedy Summer School at New Ross, Co Wexford: “We have to learn to listen in a different way.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Garda Commissioner tells Kennedy Summer School of need for change in the force

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: According to one  source, the first draft of his earliest statement on the Brexit referendum result did not contain any reference to Ireland’s commitment to its own EU membership. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

In post-Brexit Europe, Dublin must ensure it is not isolated without the UK

The judicial appointments board came up with codes to weed out unsuitable names. ‘Temperament’ meant ‘bonkers’, ‘drink problem’ or(...)

Between 2009 and 2013 a row raged between Irish judges and the government over pay cuts. In this extract from ‘The Supreme Court’(...)

A Turkish police officer carrying Alan Kurdi’s body off the shore in Bodrum, southern Turkey, after a boat carrying refugees sank while heading to the Greek island of Kos. Photograph: Nilufer Demir/AFP/Getty Images

A year after the boy drowned, those trying to escape war still get little help from Europe

Pat Hickey’s son Fred following a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish Olympic official’s son meets Minister for Foreign Affairs to discuss Rio arrest

Dutch foreign minister  Bert Koenders met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bert Koenders says Border concerns should be acknowledged in UK exit negotiations

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres has cemented his front-runner status to head the UN. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Former Portuguese prime minister cements position after third Security Council vote

David O’Sullivan: “The transatlantic economic corridor is the largest and most important corridor in the world by far”

EU ambassador to US says vote to leave union will have chilling impact on investment

Peter Sutherland, UN special representative on migration, is due to address the conference of Irish diplomats in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish ambassadors from across the world will discuss UK’s vote to leave the EU at gathering

Former diplomat Tom Fletcher says he saw Twitter not merely as a way of engaging with people but of influencing them. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Author of ‘Naked Diplomacy’ says foreign ministries should do more to explain their work

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