‘The Desert Charge’ by Dublin artist Aloysius O’Kelly

In 1883, the Dublin artist Aloysius O’Kelly – a staunch Fenian – travelled to Sudan to work as an illustrator for the Pictorial World, a British weekl(...)

President Michael D Higgins who is visiting Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa: “These are our  fellow children of the planet. We have to decide that we will allow the people to live and to survive at least . . . Feeding children on 80 cents a day and to be short of the 80 cents is a scandal to humanity.” Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

It might have been a scene from Yeats’s Among School Children, there in the Tierkidi refugee camp in Ethiopia’s Gambella province on the borders with (...)

President Michael D Higgins with Dr Nkosazana Dalmini Zuma, chairwoman of the African Union Commission at the African Union HQ in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell.

The use of traditional culture as a cover for abuse of human rights was rejected by members of the African Union Commission at a meeting with Presiden(...)

President Michael D Higgins meeting a refugee and her baby during a visit to the GOAL nutrition centre, Tierkadi refugee camp in the Gambella region in Ethiopia.  Photograph: Chris Bellew/ Fennell Photography 2014

President Michael D Higgins has called for urgent action by the international community to alleviate disaster in the growing refugee crisis confronti(...)

BNP Paribas, France’s number one bank, said third-quarter net income rose 11 per cent from a year ago as gains in fixed income trading and in interna(...)

 George Clooney smiles as he arrives  to the venue of a gala dinner ahead of his official wedding ceremony in Venice yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The world‘s most famous bachelor, George Clooney has broken a vow to remain single and married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin during a weekend of (...)

Ebola is a recurring problem, yet the world seems unprepared. The response has been slow and unco-ordinated. Photograph: EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Imagine two cities. In City A, town leaders notice that every few weeks a house catches fire. So they create a fire department – a group of profession(...)

A still image from a  video purportedly showing  David Haines being held by a masked Islamic State fighter in an unknown location. Photograph: Islamic State via Reuters TV

The family of a Scottish aid worker thought to be being held by Islamic militants in Syria has urged his captors to contact them.Islamic State (IS) e(...)

Prof Brigid Laffan, who told Daniel O’Connell Summer School: “We in Ireland have a deep love for the UN ... but it is deeply flawed in its ability to maintain peace and security in the world”

Ireland should change its position on military neutrality and replace the current Triple Lock policy with a Double Lock policy involving just Irish i(...)

Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after fighting between rival militias. Photograph: EPA/STR

Libya lurched closer to fragmentation and civil war at the weekend after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, proclaimed their own(...)