David Donoghue, Ireland’s ambassador to the UN: ‘At the moment, our stock is very high.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

A series of events has been organised this year to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations, yet the agreement of th(...)

President Michael D Higgins was speaking on Saturday at a session at the UN General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A “concerted political commitment” is needed by world leaders to ensure promises made by the United Nations to tackle issues such as poverty, inequali(...)

Ireland’s Paul Pollock has already proved he is capable of bettering the Olympic marathon qualification time of 2:17:00. Photograph: Ian McNicol: Inpho.

Only 314 days to go! No one does this cheap and tiresome countdown better than the Olympics. And no one recognises the utter nonsense of it better (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny delivers his address at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit  in New York. Photograph: Matt Campbell/EPA

and The United Nations agreement to ratify new sustainable development goals will lead to “galvanising action” to tackle issues such as poverty and h(...)

Iranian women chant slogans at an anti-Saudi protest rally: they were among thousands of worshippers have marched in Tehran after Friday prayers to denounce the “incompetency” of Saudi Arabia’s handling the hajj. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP

The human crush that killed more than 700 pilgrims near Mecca echoed across the Muslim world on Friday as countries from Africa, Asia and Europe claim(...)

Sustainable Development Goals will replace the Millennium Development Goals.

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny will join Pope Francis and leaders from around the globe today in New York to ratify the Sustain(...)

Elgin Road in Ballsbridge has long been known as the “embassy belt”, something the owners of number 9 Elgin Road are more familiar with than most a(...)

The Trinity Impact Evaluation  research group will work with aid agencies, policymakers and governments to figure out whether development assistance can bring about real change in the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin are investigating the impact of overseas development aid. The Trinity Impact Evaluation (TIME) research group (...)

A soldier looks at smoke billowing from the site of a Saudi-led air strike on a Houthi position in the Yemeni frontline province of Marib on September 15th, 2015. Photograph:  REUTERS/Stringer

If displaced people had a country of their own it would be bigger than Spain. The numbers – 50 million and rising – are set to grow, soon and signific(...)

Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda sits in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court during the first day of his trial at The Hague in the Netherlands. Photograph: Michael Kooren

The trial of Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda – known as “The Terminator” – opened yesterday at the International Criminal Court (ICC). It is a(...)