Members of the  European Young Leaders 2015, from left: Edvard Glucksman, Wardell Armstrong; Sandor Lederer, K-Monitor; Kamilla Sultanova, Maersk Line, and Anne Antunes. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Issues surrounding climate change, migration and “fortress Europe”, a possible exit from the EU by the United Kingdom and the use of taxation as a to(...)

MInister for Education Jan O Sullivan said Ireland 2016 will be “a reflection on our past, our present and our future, our futures indeed together on this island”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The 2016 programme of centenary events for schools and young people will be an opportunity for reflection on what happened in 1916, how it affected pe(...)

Chinese activist Guo Feixiong’s wife Zhang Qing and daughter Yang Tienjiao (Sara). Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:19

Guo Feixiong, the 2015 recipient of the Frontline Defenders human rights award, is the nom de plume of Yang Maodong, a jailed human rights activist, l(...)

Chinese activist Guo Feixiong’s wife Zhang Qing and daughter Yang Tienjiao (Sara). Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:19

The passion and pathos of a young woman’s musical tribute to her father filled the rotunda of Dublin’s City Hall yesterday as the jailed Chinese lawy(...)

 A passerby reads a notice on the door of Boyers & Co on North Earl Street, Dublin, after it was announced the store would close in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 1:32

Dublin faces the loss of another high-profile department store in January when Boyers on North Earl Street will close its doors . The news follows thi(...)

Former Barcelona FC player Patrick Kluivert: Unicef Uganda has joined FC Barcelona and other sport organisations  to highlight Ugandan child survival. Photograph: Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images

The number of children dying before their fifth birthday has been reduced globally by more than half since 2000, according to the latest figures from (...)

Bono at a solar array in Rwanda part-financed by President Obama’s Power Africa initiative

‘Wonk and sizzle.” That’s Roxy Philson’s phrase to explain her organisation’s working method. Their goal is nothing short of mobilising the resourc(...)

Aylan Kurdi, one of the two Syrian toddlers who drowned with their mother, is buried at home in Kobani on September 4th. Seeing scenes like that, Cork woman Mary wishes the Naval Service could magic these poor refugees to Cobh: ‘I would be down there, happy to take two or three people for a few months.’ Photograph: Herdem Dogrul/Reuters

Janette in Tipperary has a couple of spare rooms. Helen in Donegal has two mobile homes and a polytunnel. Mary in Cork has spare beds and would also r(...)

Eugene Kielt, an enthusiast for all things Heaney, on the banks of the Moyola river

Heaney country licks around the top-left-hand corner of Lough Neagh in east Co Derry. To the west are the Sperrins, and, on the far side of them, D(...)

Maj Gen Michael Finn:  ‘It is a critical challenge to find ways to address the contentious issue of caveats and to maintain the integrity of peacekeeping missions into the future.’ Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Overseas missions are “vitally important” to the Defence Forces and help to project a very good image of Ireland internationally , according to a seni(...)