Celebrations in the courtyard at Dublin Castle in May after results of the Referendum on Marriage Equality were announced. Public perceptions of Ireland as a leader on human rights issues rose in the wake of the referendum. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Public perceptions of Ireland as a leader on human rights issues rose significantly following the referendum on same-sex marriage, a new poll suggest(...)

Pro-gay faith groups have described as “important” a meeting held with Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Pro-gay faith groups have described as “important” a meeting held with Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All I(...)

The value to the Garda of mining data one even one phone in an inquiry is significant. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

When it emerged in the early 1980s that journalists’ phones had been tapped, a fierce political and policing storm ensued. A month after the news brok(...)

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Journalists’ text messages and call-details have been accessed from the mobile phone of a Garda officer who is under investigation on suspicion of lea(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan at  graduation ceremony at the Garda College Templemore on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has defended her decision to assign her superintendent husband to a criminal investigation into contacts between (...)

Ivan Scalfarotto, a member of Mr Renzi’s Democratic party and secretary for constitutional reforms in the parliament, expressed his satisfaction with the decision, which was announced weeks after the politician ended a hunger strike in protest against Italy’s “serious human rights violation” on gay rights. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Italy violates human rights by not offering adequate legal protection and recognition to same-sex couples, a European court has ruled. The decision by(...)

A political rally in Burundi for President Pierre Nkurunziza:  Africa’s recent history at holding leaders to account does not inspire confidence. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

A number of African presidents have suggested a new continental court is required for dealing with regional leaders accused of serious abuse of power,(...)

I can see a look of confusion cross my little girl’s face as the glass elevator doors open and two burly men with impressive beards take their place i(...)

Mount Vesuvius towers over the Italian city of Naples. Photograph: Getty Images

See Naples. And sigh. Formerly the glorious capital of a separate kingdom, Italy’s third-largest city – after Rome and Milan – spiralled into decline (...)

Le Grand Salon reception room at the Irish Embassy in Paris. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish Embassy in Paris is worth an estimated €45 million – making it the most valuable diplomatic property abroad owned by the State. Figures re(...)