Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith said the plight of Aisling Brady McCarthy (above) has been to the forefront of people’s minds in her home area in Co Cavan. “Her family has been through a terrible ordeal”, he said. File photograph: Keith Bedford/Boston Globe via AP

After two and a half years in US custody, family and friends of Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy were finally switching their thoughts to her coming(...)

 Beijing’s offensive against rights lawyers began on July 9th with the detention of Wang Yu, an attorney known for defending politically sensitive clients including five Chinese feminists detained earlier this year. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Nearly two weeks after Beijing launched one of its most comprehensive crackdowns on civil society in decades, at least six people remain missing – bel(...)

John Finucane, son of Pat Finucane speaking with media outside Belfast’s High Court. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Finucane family has pledged to continue campaigning for a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane, despite failing in a judicial review (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan:  “The wounds inflicted by collusion, which threaten to destroy trust in the State’s most fundamental responsibility, namely, protecting its citizens, are deep and slow to heal.’’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reported collusion between British forces and loyalist paramilitaries is to be discussed at a meeting between the Taoiseach and the British prime mi(...)

Charlie Flanagan: “said the Taoiseach emphasised the need to allow the undocumented Irish to come out of the shadows and be free to travel home for family events’’

Securing relief for undocumented Irish is a Government priority in its contacts with the US, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has told t(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Mr Flanagan has said that  the Government is not in a position to outline its precise approach to the  issues in the UK’s debate on its future in the EU until its government presents a formal plan. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is not in a position to outline its precise approach to the three “pivotal” issues in the UK’s debate on its future in the EU until its(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith

Concern about the UK’s future in the European Union weighed heavily with TDs during a Dáil debate to mark Europe Day, which aims to mark peace and un(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: he said he would continue to ask the British government to give them access to an independent legal person and original documents it had relating to the bombings. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he will again raise the release of files and papers relating to the May 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bo(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with foreign affairs spokesman Brendan Smith. The party has launched its new policy document and wants to include a Seanad representative for the diaspora.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has pledged to extend voting rights to all Irish citizens for presidential elections as part of its new foreign affairs policy. It (...)

Independent TD Tommy Broughan has called for the establishment of a permanent commission  to research levels of pay and wealth in the State as part of his High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There are huge gaps and unknowns relating to earned income and levels of wealth in the Irish economy, Independent TD Tommy Broughan has told the Dáil.(...)