Wikileaks founder Julian Assange squints in the sunlight as he prepares to speak from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a UN panel rule(...)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fears Sweden will extradite him to the United States, where he could be put on trial over WikiLeaks’ publication of classified military documents. Photograph: John Stillwell/Reuters

A United Nations working group is believed to have decided that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being unlawfully detained. Mr Assange has been l(...)

Karen and Eddie O’Mahony have spent the past 14 years fighting to secure a settlement on behalf of their son Eoin. Photograph: Collins

A woman who has gone to the High Court three times to secure a settlement for her son who suffered brain injury due to medical negligence urged the(...)

 Minister of State for Equality  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin at Leinster House, Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The number of asylum seekers being granted leave to remain in the State has increased by more than 60 per cent since last year, while the number of de(...)

Mark Hurd, co-president and co-chief executive officer of Oracle   speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2015 conference in San Francisco . Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

*US group Oracle scrambled to clarify its position yesterday after comments from a senior executive indicated that it was one of the first multination(...)

A  Syrian migrant runs after crossing under a fence as he enters Hungary, at the border with Serbia, near Roszke, August 27th, 2015.  Photograph:  Reuters/Bernadett Szabo

In Alfonso Cuarón’s film Children of Men, set in a dystopian 2027, women can, for some mysterious reason, no longer can have babies, and societies aro(...)

Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Children, in his office on Great Strand Street, Dublin. Photograph: Sara Freund.

Every morning, on the way up to his office in a building off Dublin’s north quays, the Ombudsman for Children passes his job description, which is wri(...)

Critics of direct provision will be disappointed at plans to expand the system. Photograph: Alan Betson

As many as 12 new direct provision centres are to be opened to accommodate asylum seekers, The Irish Times has learned. One centre in Co L(...)

Above, Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim. ‘Halawa has been receiving important consular support from the Irish Embassy in Cairo. But it is not enough.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Today an Irish teenager lies abandoned to his fate in a Cairo prison, cut off from the world. Ibrahim Halawa was arrested in August 2013 near Cairo’s (...)

Migrants wait on the Greek side of the border to enter Macedonia, en route to northern Europe on July 20th. Photograph:  Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski

In the first six months of this year, according to UNHCR, 137,000 people have made the journey across the Mediterranean. We are unsure of how many peo(...)