A Liberian healthcare workers preparing to pick up the body of a victim of Ebola from the waiting area of the ELWA hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the UN health agency said today, warning that an international effort costing (...)

Outgoing UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay giving  an interview  in her office in Geneva earlier this month. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters.

Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay last night rebuked the UN security council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined nati(...)

Dr Martin Mansergh, who delivered the graveside oration, at the grave of Roger Casement in Glasnevin Cemetary, Dublin, today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

TheStability of Northern Irish institutions should not be threatened by electoral considerations in the Republic, Dr Martin Mansergh has said. Former (...)

 In September 1961, 150 soldiers from A Company were ordered to protect the local population.  Photograph: Defence Force Archive

Nothing was ever said and there was never any official opprobrium attaching to them. But the men of A Company, 35th Battalion of the Defence Forces al(...)

World Health Organisation director general Margaret Chan and Keiji Fukuda, the assistant director general for health security, address the media after Geneva meeting. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

Yesterday’s declaration by the World Health Organisation that the Ebola outbreak in west Africa represents a public health emergency of international (...)

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has infected more than 1,700 people and killed almost 950 victims. It has now been officially declared out of contro(...)

A Liberian soldier is deployed to restrict the movement of Liberians traveling from Bomi County to the capital Monrovia as a measure to try to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

The Obama administration is forming a special Ebola working group to consider setting policy for the potential use of experimental drugs to help the h(...)

Members of the Lord Edward’s Own historical re-enactment group at Kilcoole’s heritage weekend marking the north Wicklow village’s role in the Irish Volunteer gun-running 100 years ago. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Reconciliation, diversity and reflective consideration of Ireland’s chequered modern history dominated sentiment in the Wicklow village of Kilcoole as(...)

Muslims living in Boda, 140km from Bangui. Most Muslims have fled the south of the country, creating a de facto partition. Photograph:Thierry Bresillon/Getty Images

Central African Republic’s mainly Muslim Seleka rebels have signed a ceasefire with the “anti-balaka” Christian militia, after dropping their demand f(...)

Of the 18,435 applicants who took the first stage of tests this year, only 418 said they were from an ethnic minority background. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There has been a steep decline in the number of applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds to the Garda, statistics from the most recent recruitment(...)