One in 10 girls worldwide have been forced into a sexual act, and 6 in 10 children ages 2 to 14 are regularly beaten by parents and caregivers, according to a report issued yesterday by the United Nations’ children’s agency. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

One in 10 girls worldwide have been forced into a sexual act, and 6 in 10 children ages 2 to 14 are regularly beaten by parents and caregivers, accord(...)

Ciarán Kilkenny with some of the pupils from the Changa Changa primary school in Mazabuka

The Dubs are flying high again in this year’s GAA football championship but one man missing out on what could well be another path of glory is Ciarán (...)

The merger of Irish NGOs Gorta and Self Help Africa last Saturday has created one of the largest non-profit agricultural organisations in Ireland and Britain.

The merger of Irish NGOs Gorta and Self Help Africa last Saturday has created one of the largest non-profit agricultural organisations in Ireland and (...)

Nobel Prize for literature winner Nadine Gordimer photographed in February  2005. Photograph: Radu Sigheti/Reuters

South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, an uncompromising moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice(...)

Still standing: Ceire Sadlier with her daughter

Before we left Zambia I’d started to wake at 3am with dead hands. I thought it might be from the way I had been sleeping, on my belly with my hands un(...)

Prof Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses of NUI Maynooth. Photograph: Eric Luke

Portugal today marks the 40th anniversary of the revolution that freed it from dictatorship. As it does so, new information is emerging about w(...)

Taking on the road: Derek Cullen and a local lizard in Botswana. Cullen is cycling solo through Africa for charity, taking in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zamibia, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya.

Irish Lives: Peddling your way across the African plains, you tend to weigh up your options now and again: do I overtake this elephant now or lag behi(...)

The wolf from Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, by David Almond, illustrated by Dave McKean

After Iris: The Diaries of Bluebell GadsbyBy Natasha FarrantFaber, £6.99Bluebell narrates, in diary style, her family’s efforts to accept the death of(...)

The reviewers found that “accused priests were afforded too much tolerance and so found it too easy to avoid being held accountable for their actions”

A review of child protection in the Kiltegan Fathers, a missionary order based in Co Wicklow, has found that the congregation “has been challenged (...)

Neville Isdell: “I had thought about buying something in my homeland, but this wasn’t an emotional decision. Now is the right time to buy in Ireland.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Neville Isdell, the former chairman and chief executive of Coca-Cola and the owner of the CHQ building in Dublin, leans on his walking stick, looks le(...)