Minister of State for Overseas Development Assistance Seán Sherlock, who said that the Rapid  Response Corps played a key role in the State’s humanitarian response strategy. Irish Aid has called for skilled volunteers to consider joining the corps. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Irish Aid is calling for skilled and experienced volunteers to consider joining the Irish Rapid Response Corps as part of the Government’s programme f(...)

A report by sanitation charity WaterAid and the World Health Organization says every year half a million babies die before they reach a month old due to a lack of clean water and safe sanitation.  Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Over a third of hospitals and clinics in developing countries have nowhere for staff or patients to wash with soap, and almost 40 per cent have no sou(...)

Sabine Atlaoui, the wife of death-row prisoner Sergei Atlaoui of France, arrives with other relatives at Wijayapura port for a visit to Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap. Sergei Atlaoui along with Rodrigo Gularte of Brazil, Australian Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are facing execution by firing squad in Nusakambangan. Photograph: Mast Irham/EPA 1:10

Indonesia rejected on Thursday an Australian proposal for a prisoner swap made in an 11th hour effort to save the lives of two Australian drug smuggle(...)

 Suzanne Strempek Shea and Mags Riordan, who is the subject of Shea’s new book, ‘This is Paradise’.

Introduction I eavesdrop, frequently. It’s in the writer’s job description to be nosy, and noticing. Always. To spot the ticking second hand of the w(...)

‘Speaking in Malawi recently, President Michael D Higgins said that the legacy of Irish missionaries “continues today through the inspirational work of their successors here in Malawi and across the globe”.’ Above, President Higgins and   his wife Sabina arriving at the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on the first day of his   official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

This year marks the end of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were visionary, with clear targets to improve lives threatened by dise(...)

Torrrential rains of the last few days have washed away crops and coltures at the Milima area in Chikhwawa, Malawi. Photograph: Bonex Juliusbonex Julius/AFP/Getty Images

The death toll from flooding in Malawi has more than tripled with 176 fatalities and at least 200,000 displaced, according to the government.Vice-pres(...)

‘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(...)

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

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on their arrival to Kazumu International Airport, Lilongwe, Malawi on the ninth day of the President’s 22-day official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew

Irish missionaries were Ireland’s original pioneers in Africa, President Michael D Higgins has said in Malawi. Six Irish missionaries with long servi(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi.Photograph: Chris Bellew /Photography 2014

Such was the devastating effect of the Famine on the Irish people that they have yet to find language to describe it, President Michael D Higgins said(...)