A toddler is held up to the camera in this still image taken from video said to be shot in Madaya on January 5, 2016.

The people of Madaya have temporary respite now. They can eat. They can enjoy the small pleasures in life like simply putting sugar in their tea. Thes(...)

President Pierre Nkurunziza: Burundi has suffered a worsening wave of violence since he said he would seek a third term. Photograph:  Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

The United Nations has documented cases of Burundi’s security forces gang-raping women during searches of opposition supporters’ houses and heard witn(...)

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees  approved by Cabinet.

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees who have been approved by the Cabinet. Breandán Ó Caoll(...)

Pall-bearers carry the coffin of Welly Nzitonda, the son of human rights defender Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, during a funeral ceremony in Bujumbura, Burundi, on November 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LANDRY NSHIMIY

It is a bit predictable for a human rights organisation to produce a report saying how bad the human rights situation is, but we have reached a turnin(...)

 Front Line Defenders executive director, Mary Lawlor  at the launch of ‘Stop the Killings - Front Line Defenders Annual Report 2016’. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography.

Ireland should speak up more strongly against human rights abuses in countries where it has political or strategic interests, an advocacy group has sa(...)

 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(...)

 Athlone after Storm Desmond hit the area before Christmas.  This year’s El Niño is now peaking and is one of the strongest on record. Photograph: Airman Jamie Martin/Air Corps/PA Wire

From some of the worst floods ever known in Britain, to record-breaking temperatures over the Christmas holiday in the US and forest fires in Austral(...)

  The Irish rugby squad board the Aer Lingus  aircraft as they head   to the World Cup in England in September. Although it did not end well, the team did well enough in the early stages to become the most-searched  topic on Google Ireland this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Rugby World Cup was the top search item on Irish Google last year. Ireland’s rugby campaign was cut short by a comprehensive defeat to Argentina (...)

Human Rights Campaigner Graca Michel with Mary Robinson during her visit to Ballina, Co Mayo, where she delivered the second Mary Robinson Centre International Human Rights lecture. Photograph: Henry Wills.

Former president Mary Robinson has said she is “hopeful” that there will be sufficient political will to secure an agreement on climate chang(...)

Tullow Oil in Leopardstown, Dublin. Its shares surged as brokers call the deal “significant for the Irish company”

Tullow Oil may sell part of its holding in east African fields in which its partner yesterday disposed of half its stake in a deal potentially valued(...)