A school worker takes the temperature of a boy before school starts in Paynesville, Liberia. Photograph: James Giahyue/Reuters

A teenage boy has died of Ebola in Liberia, the first fatality since July in one of the three West African countries hit hardest by the worst-ever out(...)

Irish troops  in eastern  Chad in 2008. When the Army Ranger Wing was about to travel there, news broke of an all-out rebel assault on the capital. Photograph:  Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters

The terrorist attack in Mali could not have come at a more alarming time for the Irish Government. Armed extremists struck the luxury hotel in the ver(...)

United Nations veterans at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, for the opening of an exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the UN. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

All-female units are to be created by the Government in a significant development in Ireland’s involvement in United Nations peacekeeping. The units w(...)

Sierra Leone’s health officials check passengers transiting at the border crossing with Liberia in Jendema. Photograph: Zoom Dosso/AFP/Getty Images 1:38

Residents of Sierra Leone’s capital held a candlelit vigil and celebrations to mark the end of an Ebola epidemic that has killed almost 4,000 peopl(...)

President Michael D  Higgins  meets students from Skyline High School  in Sammamish, Washington,  to  watch a game of Gaelic football, which is taught in Skyline’s physical education programme.   Photograph: Ted S Warren/AP

Plans by the United Nations to set up a mechanism to facilitate access to new technology for poorer countries are “inadequate”, President Michael D (...)

Conservationists say time is running out to find a permanent home for chimpanzees Sweet Pea and Guey and Kenya’s renowned Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the only sanctuary with space.

Kenya has rejected a request to bring two young chimpanzees rescued in Ebola-hit Liberia to a Kenyan wildlife sanctuary due to fears about the deadly (...)

Sierra Leonean health officials checking for the ebola virus at the border crossing with Liberia. File photograph: Zoom Dossozoom Dosso/AFP

The world is for the first time on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday, as dat(...)

US president Barack Obama with African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (right) arrives to speak about security and economic issues and US-Africa relations at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama has made a scathing attack on Africa’s culture of presidents-for-life, urging the continent’s leaders to follow the example of George W(...)

Mary Ann  O’Driscoll, from Glasnevin in Dublin,  had been staying just outside the Liberian capital Monrovia when she was knocked down by a speeding vehicle, and subsequently died on Wednesday. Image: Google Maps.

A Dublin woman who died while working on an aid mission in Liberia has been named as Mary Ann O’Driscoll. Ms O’Driscoll, from Glasnevin and aged in he(...)

Long tradition of peacekeeping ... Irish soldiers boarding plane from Baldonnel   for Congo as part of the 1960 UN   mission. in which  nine would die in an ambush   at Niemba.

In an organisation as durable and complex as the United Nations, opportunities for reform do not come along very often. It is also singularly rare for(...)