Maire Geoghegan-Quinn’s five year term as commissioner for research, innovation and science comes to an end in November. File photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s outgoing EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn has been awarded the Légion d’Honneur by French president Francois Hollande, the highest hono(...)

Two women who gave birth to children in mother and baby homes are seeking legal advice on bringing cases against the State, according to the Irish (...)

Guatemalan illegal immigrants deported from the US wait to be processed on their return to Guatemala City this week. Photograph: Reuters

Since October 2013, 52,000 undocumented children entered the United States from Central America and it is estimated that this will reach 90,000 by yea(...)

Mary Lawlor, founder and executive director of Front Line Defenders, after receiving the Order of Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur from  French ambassador  Jean-Pierre Thébault at his Dublin residence last night. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Human rights activist Mary Lawlor has been made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, the highest honour the French government can confer. Mrs Lawlor, t(...)

Actor and founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organisation Sean Penn presents the  2014 Front Line Defenders Award to Noozia Faridi of women’s rights group SAWERA  in Dublin’s City Hall. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dublin’s City Hall erupted in cheers and claps this morning as actor Sean Penn presented the award for the top human rights defender to a Pakistani(...)

Poet Seamus Heaney:  his passing has been spoken about all over the world

There were tributes from all sides of the House to the late Seamus Heaney. Taoiseach Enda Kenny said so much had been written about the Nobel laureate(...)

Nabeel Rajab outside his home in Manama last year, holding some of the teargas canisters that had been fired into his house. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Medical ethics is apparently too sensitive an issue to discuss in Bahrain following the cancelling of an international conference that was bein(...)