Former president Mary Robinson speaking at the symposium hosted by Charlie Flanagan TD, with Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The murder of more than 250,000 Syrians could have been prevented if the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council had acted more (...)

Peter Sutherland: ‘Countries can share Syrian refugees or choose from three options: leave them on the beaches,  lock them in camps or send them back to the hell they’ve escaped.’

In the shadowy, wood-lined study of his London home, Peter Sutherland’s oval face drifts in and out of the pool of light cast by a green desk lamp. H(...)

Mary Robinson and Kofi Annan: busy day on December 17th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Thursday the 17th will be a busy day for former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson. In the ev(...)

 U2: publisher Ian Hyland is clearly a   fan.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Publisher Ian Hyland is clearly a massive U2 fan. He looked delighted as he exited the band’s barnstorming homecoming gig at the 3 Arena o(...)

Participants at the opening of the Summit of Conscience for the Climate in Paris. Photograph: Reuters/Etienne Laurent/Pool

The close of the international climate conference on December 11th could well be a cliffhanger. Newspaper editors may be tempted to prepare alternate (...)

President Michael D Higgins at the meeting of the Conseil Economique, Social et Environmental in Paris with former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins took a holistic approach to climate change in his first major address on the subject, arguing that the great challenges(...)

“I’ve starred in a lot of science fiction movies and, let me tell you something, climate change is not science fiction, this is a battle in the real world, it is impacting us right now.” Photograph: Ken Ishii/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been chosen by the French government to join Nobel prizewinners, philosophers, UN secretary generals, spiritual leaders and (...)

President Michael D Higgins  meets with HE Tony de Brum, Foreign Minister, Marshall Islands and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

President Michael D Higgins arrived in Paris on Monday to attend the “Summit of Consciences for the Climate” organised by President François Hollande.(...)

ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda: has written to the Kenyan ambassador to the Netherlands stating that she is “immune” from summons by the Kenyan judges. Photograph: Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images

The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has refused to appear before the Kenyan High Court, despite being summonsed in a case aimed(...)

Sinn Féin’s ard comhairle on Sunday agreed to expel Cork county councillor Kieran McCarthy (above) and suspend Melissa Mullane, also a Cork county councillor. Photograph: Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin is refusing to outline the circumstances which led the party to expel one county councillor and suspend another for one year. The party’s a(...)