Dermot Desmond invested in cyber-security firm Vahna. Photograph: Eric Luke

There are few Irish investors better than Dermot Desmond at spotting the next big thing. His latest investment in Vahna, a cyber-security firm, comes (...)

Sligo-based coastguard rescue 118 helicopter was scrambled following a request for assistance from UK authorities Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí in Killybegs are investigating an assault aboard a vessel in international waters off the Donegal coast yesterday morning.The incident happened(...)

Bruno Beo, owner of Bruno’s bar and restaurant in Boyle, shows the clear water from a filtration system he installed. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Inside the door of the SuperValu supermarket in Boyle, Co Roscommon, there is a queue at the machine dispensing filtered water. It costs just 50 cent(...)

 A woman walks past an Ebola awareness poster in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Residents in the country prepare for a nationwide three-day curfew that will allow health workers to conduct a door-to-door campaign sensitizing individuals on the Ebola virus and identifying those who may have already contracted it. Photograph: Tanya Bindra/EPA

The UN Security Council has declared the Ebola outbreak in Africa a “threat to international peace and security” and called on all states to provide u(...)

A woman shops at Aberdeen market in Freetown. Residents started stockpiling food when authorities announced a lockdown from yesterday to try and curb the Ebola epidemic.  Photograph: EPA/STR

In her free time Isha Turay, an 18-year-old Sierra Leonean student, sells vegetables on Malama Thomas Street in the heart of the bustling capital, Fre(...)

Liberians leading an awareness campaign about the deadly Ebola virus in Monrovia. An epidemic is raging in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and has spread into Nigeria and Senegal. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

At least 2,630 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,357 people in West Africa, the W(...)

  Peacekeeper’s return ... Cpl John McAllister from Newbridge with his daughter, Sadie  and partner Sinead White   in April  at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel on his return from a six-month tour   to the Golan Heights, Syria with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Do we really want a situation where Irish troops are blocked from participating in EU peacekeeping missions designed, for example, to protect possibly(...)

With just under 5,000 confirmed cases and over 2,450 deaths, the worst ever outbreak of the infectious disease Ebola continues to grow. Labelled a loo(...)

Actor and  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees special envoy Angelina Jolie listens to Maltese military officers discussing rescue at sea operations for refugees at a military base in Valetta, Malta. Photograph: EPA/Pete Muller

About 500 migrants drowned after the boat carrying them from Egypt to Malta was apparently deliberately sunk by people-traffickers, an international m(...)

Despite the Heineken family’s  stance – it said it wanted to “preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company” – it could come under pressure from other shareholders not to reject a future approach so swiftly. Photograph: Reuters/Stephen Hird

With a history stretching back 150 years, Heineken describes itself as “a proud, independent global brewer”. SABMiller, its bigger British rival, w(...)