Former Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan in a report published last July concluded that information about one of two children taken from their homes in October 2013 in Westmeath and Dublin had “on the balance of probability” been disclosed by a member of the Garda to the journalist who wrote the initial reports on the first child being taken. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A senior Garda officer has been arrested over his alleged dealings with the media when members of the force took two Roma children from their families(...)

On Tuesday evening Cardinal Piestro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, called the referendum result a “defeat for humanity”.Photograph: EPA/L’Osservatore Romano/Handout

The Department of Foreign Affairs says Ireland is keen to “maintain an ongoing dialogue” with the Holy See, notwithstanding the outspokenly negative c(...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt – flanked by British PM David Cameron – whose decision to call an early general election marks the latest spate of electoral activity across Europe. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/AP Photo

The surprise decision by Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday to call an early general election next month marks the latest spate(...)

 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(...)