Micheal Baron (left) founder of Belong with his husband Jamie Nanci at North Strand polling station. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Orla Howard and Grainne Courtney For a long time, says Orla Howard, she has pictured “walking up the hill, as a family, to the polling station.” Orla (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: ‘Ninety-five per cent of the migrants have been settled in five states. We believe that is unfair. We will live up to our responsibilities.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The European Union is to launch a military operation to destroy boats used by human traffickers smuggling migrants across the Mediterranean in the st(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at a meeting of EU foreign and defence ministers  in Brussels. The bloc has agreed a naval mission targeting people smugglers in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The EU has agreed a naval mission in the Mediterranean to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya, but parts of a broader plan to deal with the inf(...)

Pope Francis greets  Mahmoud Abbas during a canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City, yesterday. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

In a ceremony rich in both political and religious symbolism, Pope Francis yesterday canonised two 19th-century Palestinian nuns. The elevation to s(...)

Pope Francis had a busy week at the  Vatican, from meeting Cuban president Raúl Castro to grappling with the Israeli-Palestinian question. Photograph: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

As he came out of the Paul VIth hall and made his way back to his quarters in the Domus Santa Marta, Pope Francis appeared to be engaged in serious co(...)

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/EPA

Pope Francis this morning called Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, an “angel of peace”. The Pope made his remarks at the end of a 20 minute long meet(...)

Fellini apartment: At 250sq m and with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a den where the maestro often worked, a large kitchen, a dining room and a large terrace, this is a very desirable piece of real estate.

Did you ever fancy buying a real, live slice of La Dolce Vita? Well, now is your chance because the penthouse apartment that was once home to film di(...)

 Fr Gustavo  Gutiérrez (86), a Dominican, was on the panel at a Vatican press conference held to announce details of the current general assembly of the worldwide Catholic charity Caritas. Photograph: AFP

History of a particular kind was made yesterday in the Holy See, where Peruvian theologian Fr Gustavo Gutiérrez, one of the founding fathers of “liber(...)

Rescued migrants disembark off the Italian Guardia di Finanza vessel Denaro at the Sicilian harbour of Catania on April 23rd, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

The EU’s executive body is to unveil radical new proposals on immigration, imposing migrant quotas on the 28 countries of the union under a distributi(...)

Pope Francis with Cuban president Raul Castro during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/EPA/Pool

Pope Francis held a cordial hour-long meeting in the Vatican on Sunday with Cuban President Raul Castro, signalling the two men were in accord on issu(...)