No excuse for delay

Those who suggest that reform of the direct provision system for asylum seekers should be delayed until a clear picture emerges of the likely impact o(...)

JK Rowling founded Lumos after reading about children being kept in caged beds. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

An international charity founded by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is teaming up with NUI Galway on a project aimed at ending institutionalised care(...)

Lefah Ballo with his partner, Caitríona Rodgerson, and their daughter, Nina, in Churchtown, Dublin. The couple met in Africa in 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke

The music of Jingle Bells will always remind Ibrahim Ballo of the first day he stepped on to Irish soil. It was December 2nd, 2012, and Ballo, know(...)

Migrants continue to try and board lorries bound for Britain in Calais. More than 3,000 people, predominantly from Africa and the Middle East, are estimated to be living rough around Calais, waiting to cross into the UK. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Britain is deploying high-security fencing used during the Olympic Games and last year’s Nato summit in Wales to the Channel tunnel port in France to (...)

The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, where a three-week festival, Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture, will take place next year. Photograph: Getty Images

The lead-up to the centenary of the 1916 Rising presents many opportunities to reflect on the diverse and complex history of this island. And think(...)

Migrants try to  board lorries bound for the United Kingdom in Calais this week. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Migration is always a matter of perspective. Or rather of two perspectives. When our own beautiful young people fall from a collapsing balcony in Berk(...)

Peter Sutherland: said the migration crisis was a problem “which can only be dealt with collectively, not in isolation to one another”.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

EU leaders defended their decision not to back mandatory quotas for migrants at a summit of EU leaders, pledging to agree a plan to redistribute 40(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan says battle for places is intense. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

He is 26-years-old. By the time the next World Cup arrives he will be 30. There is no sense that Ian Madigan is panicking. He is over the first selec(...)

British prime minister David Cameron, speaks to Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: AP

Greece will get an extension of its current bailout for another six months if agreement can be reached with the euro zone finance ministers tomorrow, (...)

A lorry driver in Calais, France gestures at migrants as they  try to  board lorries bound for the UK on June 25th, 2015. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

EU leaders postponed a detailed discussion on how to redistribute migrants across the EU until next month amid continuing opposition among member stat(...)