A March 2014 photograph made available this week, shows asylum seekers at the  Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Photograph: Eoin Blackwell/EPA

Lawyers for 850 asylum seekers held in a controversial detention centre in Papua New Guinea said on Friday they planned to seek potentially billions o(...)

Aoife Ní Mhurchú: Experiencing Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines made me decide that emergency response was what I wanted to do

My life choices were greatly influenced by my uncle, who was a Society of African Missions priest. He worked in Africa for 40 years. As a child my ea(...)

 Two men waiving life jackets next to a large “Help” sign made of palm leaves as a US Navy P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft spotted them on the deserted island of Fanadik in Micronesia. Photograph: John Knight/AFP/Getty Images

Three men who had been missing for three days were rescued from a deserted Pacific island after a US Navy plane spotted the word “help” spelled out in(...)

Denis O’Brien: Since Digicel’s IPO was pulled, he has faced the threat of stiffer competition in the Caribbean. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Businessman Denis O’Brien waived about $20 million (€17.5m) of cash dividends last year from his Digicel Group and has promised the mobile company’s l(...)

People hold up placards at a protest outside an immigration office in Sydney this month. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Doctors at an Australian hospital are refusing to release a baby girl facing repatriation to an offshore immigration detention camp, after she was tre(...)

Protesters in Melbourne   urge the Australian government not to send 267 people – including 37 babies born in Australia – back to immigration detention in Nauru, 3,000km away. Photograph: Chris Hopkins/Getty Images

Australia’s ambivalence over asylum seekers is dominating headlines again, with churches, writers and thousands of ordinary citizens calling on the go(...)

Sweet potato is perfect as a base for soups, stews, chillies and salads

Sweet potatoes are even more versatile than their distant cousin, the regular potato, as they are suited to both sweet and savoury dishes. The swee(...)

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(...)

Edgar O’Neill: ‘The floods  in our area are getting worse, often occurring in regions which were previously flood free.’

I moved with my wife to the island of Luzon in the Philippines in mid-2009. It was a baptism of fire. Shortly after our arrival a severe tropical stor(...)

A view of the Christmas Island detention centre, Christmas Island, Australia. Photograph: Lloyd Jones/EPA

Australian authorities have regained control of its controversial immigration detention centre on Christmas Island, officials have said, after the dea(...)