“I’m just delighted I survived. I still can’t believe it. I keep  reminding myself I’m only a whippersnapper. If I glimpse myself in a mirror, it’s like, who’s that?” Paula Meehan,  at her  home in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Paula Meehan: the poet at 60

When Michael D Higgins hosted a cultural evening in the Forbidden City in Beijing on his state visit to China in December, he invited Paula Meehan (...)

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell said the so-called ‘Brexit’ possibility transcended traditional divisions on the islands

Uncertainty over Britain’s future membership of the EU is undermining the political stability necessary for prosperity, the annual British-Irish chamb(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, left, who has taken an increasingly aggressive line against China. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

A diminutive, silver-haired warrior, Fumiko Shimabukuro (85), has one goal: to stop a US military base from being built near her home. For nearly two (...)

Demonstrators with the group Elephants DC protest the killings of elephants for their ivory tusks outside the Chinese Embassy in Washington. Photo: Getty Images

China has imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports that took immediate effect amid criticism that its citizens’ huge appetite for ivory fuels poaching (...)

 The coach for the tour is UCC Demons player-coach Colin O’Reilly, who will cut the squad down to 12 for the tournament. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Colin O’Reilly has laid down a challenge to players hopeful of making the Men’s Premier League All-Star team competing at the Sino-European Championsh(...)

A man walks past a billboard featuring a photo of China’s president Xi Jinping beside lantern decorations for the Lunar New Year in Baoding, China’s northern Hebei province, on Tuesday. Mr Xi has unveiled his latest political slogan, the “Four Comprehensives”, a call for a more prosperous country and deeper reform. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

With a week to go until the National People’s Congress, China’s annual rubberstamp parliament, President Xi Jinping unveiled his latest political slog(...)

The study showed that yeast used to brew the perfect lager can also be pressed into service to produce excellent stout. Photograph: The Irish Times

There is nothing more Irish than the pint of plain but a DNA analysis of the yeast used to brew stout shows its origins are actually in India. The sam(...)

 Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

Young performers wearing goat hats take part in a Chinese New Year celebration at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Monday. The Year of the Goat sees a Hong Kong more divided than ever on how to deal with mainland China. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

The Year of the Goat (or Sheep, or Ram, or Ewe) is only a few days old, and people in Hong Kong are speed-walking back to work, while across the borde(...)

 Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the US Rederal Reserve: she urged investors not to assume that the central bank will follow a predictable pattern if it drops its pledge to be “patient” before raising rates. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Janet Yellen kept the US Federal Reserve’s options open on its interest rates tightening policy, urging investors not to assume that the central bank (...)