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(...)

Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: “I want it implement in full. I don’t see any reason for long departmental discussions about which parts should or can be implemented.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Improvements to the asylum system, recommended in a Government report being published on Tuesday, will cost €135.4 million over five years, it says(...)

The legislation, which is expected to be enacted later this year, follows recommendations by the High Court’s working group. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland.

Legislation that would allow recurring payments to be made to people who suffer catastrophic injuries has been published by Minister for Justice and (...)

 Helen Rochford Brennan: “Aggie is one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Helen Rochford Brennan was given a diagnosis of Younger Onset Alzheimer’s three years ago. She is now a leading spokeswoman on dementia who is also(...)

Leila Dube from Galway marching with asylum seekers, refugees and supporters during a protest about direct provision at the Department of Justice last November.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Justice-appointed working group on direct provision has been accused by a group working with asylum seekers of failing to take into (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘Most Irish adults drink too much and many drink dangerously.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government has agreed a range of measures designed to reduce alcohol consumption but decided against a ban on sports sponsorship by drinks compani(...)

The union had ’repeatedly sought concrete practical details’ of the proposed Junior Cert reform but the department had not provided this, TUI president Gerard Craughwell said yesterday. Photograph: The Irish Times

The threat of school closures in January hangs over a ballot of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI), the results of which should be (...)

The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In the course of a broad-ranging address to the Dublin and Glendalough Diocesan Synods on October 15th, 2013, my overall theme was: change and cons(...)