UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) is seen taking a tour of a US medical facility in Monrovia, Liberia on Friday. Photograph: EPA

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone (...)

Archibishop of  Armagh Eamon Martin: worried about growing persecution of Christians worldwide.

The growth in the persecution of Christians and others worldwide is a focus of the joint Christmas message from both Primates of All-Ireland. Catholi(...)

Health professionals with Médecins Sans Frontières at a training session in Brussels prior to their depature for west Africa to deliver care to Ebola patients.  Photograph: MSF

On a freezing morning near an industrial site on the outskirts of Brussels, a group of 40 people are hugging Styrofoam cups of coffee and chatting as (...)

A burial team member is assisted in the decontamination process as grave diggers fill the grave of Ebola victim Isatu Sesay, (16), in Kissi Town, Sierra Leone. Burial teams are often rejected by their communities out of fear. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

Stricken with grief – a phrase from romantic fiction. But there was nothing romantic about the scene I was witnessing. A new burial ground with 30 or (...)

A nurse holds a syringe containing an experimental Ebola virus vaccine.  West African countries suffering an unprecedented epidemic of Ebola are particularly at risk of seeing a resurgence of malaria, says the WHO. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Malaria deaths have dropped dramatically since 2000 and cases are falling steadily thanks to more people being diagnosed and treated and more getting (...)

Marion Maher  and Therese Herlihy, with one of two 40-foot containers bound for Sierra Leone. Photograph: Eric Luke

When UCD lecturers Therese Herlihy and Marion Maher heard about the rising death toll from Ebola in Sierra Leone earlier this year, they decided imme(...)

A burial team member is assisted in the decontamination process as grave diggers fill the grave of Isatu Sesay, 16, an Ebola victim, in Kissi Town, Sierra Leone, last month.  Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

Sierra Leone is a country that is close to my heart. Before the current and devastating Ebola outbreak, it was not a country many people could point t(...)

Judgments: key cases in brief

Clare-based engineer had standing to challenge administrative policy of Laois County Council. Duffy v Laois County Council [2014]IEHC 469 (High Court,(...)

A Liberian man looks at a mural in downtown Monrovia that forms part of an Ebola awareness campaign. The death toll in the worst Ebola epidemic on record has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by November 18th. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

West Africa’s Ebola epidemic could worsen further before abating but new infections should start to decline in all affected countries by the end of th(...)

Two weeks ago, health workers walked off the job at a clinic in Bo, the only Ebola treatment centre in southern Sierra Leone. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped dead bodies in the street outside a hospital on Tuesday in protest at authorities’ failure to pay bonuses f(...)