President Ronald Reagan and Ms Nancy Reagan during their visit to Ireland. President Reagan is drinking a pint of Guinness in the Ronald Reagan pub in Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

It was a time when a Labour party in coalition with Fine Gael took a kicking in European elections, two cases involving the deaths of babies shook the(...)

‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

It’s the season of goodwill, so let’s attempt it. That honest Staffordshire man Dr Samuel Johnson once said “the Irish are a fair people: they never s(...)

While allowing someone to operate as a small bank to those in developing countries might not rank highly on most people’s traditional Christmas shopping list, Care International is offering, as stocking fillers, microfinance gift vouchers.

Agnes Phiri isn’t looking for charity. The 24-year-old mother-of-one runs a grocery store in Katete, eastern Zambia. Although Zambia is the poorest co(...)

Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued approx 40km off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Governments must focus on saving lives rather than keeping foreigners out at a time when more people than ever are embarking on risky sea crossings in(...)

Human traffickers often use unseaworthy boats to smuggle African migrants to Yemen.

At least 70 Ethiopians drowned when a boat used by smugglers to transport illegal migrants to Yemen sank in the Red Sea in rough weather, security aut(...)

According to Kenya’s National Disaster Operations Centre the attack happened around 30kms from the town of Mandera, marked on the map with the red dot. Image: Google maps

Attackers ambushed a bus and killed 28 people early today in northeast Kenya, police and the Ministry of Interior said.It was not immediately clear w(...)

Next in line: Gete Kerala (left) waits to lodge credit-union savings at her local co-operative. Photograph: Gorta-Self Help Africa

Women do an estimated 70 per cent of the farm work in Ethiopia, but because men do the ploughing it is they who are considered to be the farmers. This(...)

Farmer: Shemgie Kulbla, who produces wheat seed. Photograph: Hugh Chaloner/Gorta-Self Help Africa 2:43

Yeshi Endeg was 17 when a group of floppy-haired singers filed into a studio in Notting Hill to record the original Do They Know It’s Christmas? The E(...)

 Mr Justice Frank Clarke, giving the unanimous judgment, dismissed an appeal by the Minister for Justice against a High Court decision quashing the refusal.

The State is entitled to cite financial costs as a reason for refusing refugees the right to bring family members to live with them in the State, the (...)

The paradox of remarkable economic growth in many African countries, combined with the enduring legacies of poverty, disease and hunger were central t(...)