Rents in Dublin are higher than in many European capitals. And the Dáil just wrings its hands.

You can’t afford to go to law in Ireland even with a good case? Too bad. Your neighbour pays for vital health tests, while you must wait months and po(...)

A poster bearing a youthful image  of Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro (89) on  a street in Havana earlier this month.  Photograph: Enrique de la Osa/Reuters

Retired leader Fidel Castro accused US President Barack Obama of sweet-talking the Cuban people during his visit to the island last week and of ignori(...)

At a mere 183 pages South Korea’s Han Kang’s superb and disturbing novel in three acts, ‘The Vegetarian’, towers over the Man Booker International Prize long list.

Equal measures of interest and caution will greet the announcement of a 13-strong, if uneven, long list which marks the inaugural combining of two imp(...)

As part of the friendship series running in The Irish Times this week, we asked Generation Emigration readers to submit their friendship stories. Bel(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said Sinn Féin’s policy was almost childlike, promising to spend an extra €5 billion in health and billions on education and housing.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The gloves are well and truly off in the political cauldron that is pre-election Leinster House. The dying days of the 31st Dáil are being marked by (...)

 Mary Lawlor, founder and director of Front Line Defenders: “Ireland and the EU must be as strong speaking up for human rights defenders in countries where they have political and strategic interests as they are when it comes to the usual suspects,” she said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 157 human rights activists were killed or died in detention in 25 countries last year, according to the advocacy group Front Line Defenders. T(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: He said he would like to find out who was responsible for leaving a 91-year-old man on a trolley for so long.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It must be difficult for the Taoiseach when Michael Noonan is around. Does his Minister for Finance say, “I told you so” every time they bump into eac(...)

South Africa’s foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in  New Delhi. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

The third India-Africa summit in seven years opened this week at a sports stadium in New Delhi, amidst unprecedented security and chaotic traffic jams(...)

Thirteen-year-old Glaucia has just started his second year in post-primary school and will be allowed remain in The Netherlands

Two teenagers threatened with deportation to Angola with their father, who is suspected of war crimes during the Angolan civil war, are to be allowed (...)

Gláucio (13) was born in the Netherlands and has just started his second year in post-primary school.

Two teenagers* – one of whom was due to begin studying for a law degree yesterday – face imminent deportation from the Netherlands to Angola along wit(...)