A Liberian woman reads an Ebola information poster on the prevention of the Ebola epidemic, during UNICEF’s sensitisation campaign. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

West African countries neighbouring those hit by the Ebola epidemic including Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegtions neal and Guinea Bissau should prepare for (...)

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Against the background of a sunny blue sky and in a St Peter’s Square decked out with thousands of blooming flowers, Pope Francis this morning (...)

Workers from Médecins Sans Frontières prepare isolation and treatment areas in Gueckedou, Guinea. Photograph: AP Photo/Kjell Gunnar Beraas, MSF

Guinea faces an ebola epidemic on an unprecedented scale as it battles to contain confirmed cases now scattered across several locations that a(...)

The Government is to reopen the Vatican Embassy, The Irish Times has learned.

The Government has decided to reopen the Irish Embassy to the Vatican as part of a wider expansion of the embassy and consulate network. Tánaiste Eamo(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip during the Northampton defeat at the Aviva Stadium. “We’ll have to learn from that game for us going forward and the lads have the chance to do something about it this week in Edinburgh,” he says. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip, in his role as Goal ambassador, came in contact with the media yesterday afternoon within the confines of leafy Merrion Square. There h(...)

Archbishop Seán Brady:  the Irish Catholic Church could play a useful role in advising the new Vatican commission on child abuse, he said yesterday. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

It has been a long road. Based on the findings of the eight reviews of child protection published yesterday, we can conclude that much has been achiev(...)

Sabina Higgins: expressed gratitude to the missionaries for their “outstanding contribution” in many countries throughout the world

Irish missionaries who have each served between 40 and 60 years abroad were honoured at a special awards ceremony in Dublin City Hall yesterday. An in(...)

Bishop Noel Treanor (left) and Bishop Anthony Farquhar during a service for members of the Filipino community, following Typhoon Haiyan, at St Vincent de Paul parish in Belfast yesterday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

A self-appointed review of its own child safeguarding practices by the Catholic diocese of Down and Connor has been greeted with surprise by the Churc(...)

A market in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

We hear a lot about austerity and have just suffered another unpleasant budget, but despite the economic realities faced by many hundreds of thousands(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamonn Gilmore with  Nora Owens Irish aid expert advisory group chairwoman and Joe Costello TD at the publication  earlier this year of Ireland’s new policy for international development. Photograph: David Sleator

Volunteering for service overseas is a time-honoured tradition in Ireland that has left a rich legacy throughout the developing world, particularly on(...)