Pope Francis  has called world hunger “one of the most dramatic paradoxes of our time which we are witnessing helplessly and often with indifference”.  Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis will today address the second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome, organised by the UN bodies, the Food and Agriculture Organis(...)

Tom Arnold:   ‘Many poor countries are suffering the double burden of undernutrition and a growing obesity problem.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland’s leading role in campaigning against world hunger has “really paid off” and we need to build on this as the United Nations draws up new devel(...)

With her curly red hair, orange lipstick and flamboyant attire, she is a familiar sight in Florence cycling along its narrow streets perched on her(...)

Gavin O Reilly: His Red Flag is opening a Paris office

The excellent RTÉ documentary this week on the travails of Sir Anthony O’Reilly included an interview with his oilman son, Tony Junior. Or JR for shor(...)

A convoy of East German cars queue up at Unter den Linden avenue in East Berlin before crossing the border line under the Brandenburg Gate into West Berlin as a result of the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 11th, 1989. Photograph: Derrick Ceyrac/AFP/ Getty Images

‘We are pleased that German unification is taking place under a European roof”. These words from the conclusions of the European Communities summit in(...)

Wolfgang Schäuble suggests troika-like methods can push euro zone reform. Photograph: Alan Betson

Be careful what you wish for is the expression that springs to mind when you hear the German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble and his economics mini(...)

Wolfgang Schäuble: is critical that many EU members continue to ignore budget and reform recommendations from Brussels. Photograph: Eric Luke

A year after Ireland waved goodbye to the troika, Germany has suggested the European Commission should adopt troika methods to name and shame EU gov(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said Scandinavian Airlines, Alitalia and Air Berlin are among carriers he expects to shrink or merge, promptin(...)

Stelian Ciuciu (right), with his children Jennifer, Miriama, Stelian Jnr and Mirabella, representing the Roma community at the anti-racism rally in Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Civic leaders in Waterford have joined with An Garda Síochána to urge people not to take the law into their own hands following incidents last weekend(...)

In most previous synods, the mid-synod “Relatio” was so boring and unenlightening that it was generally ignored. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Just about the most remarkable Vatican story your Rome correspondent ever covered came back in October 1992. It concerned a speech that Pope John Paul(...)