Senator Susan O’Keeffe and Frances Fitzgerald, then Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, in 2013. The Senator  was part of a four person panel discussing whistleblowing at the Royal Irish Academy on Monday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The State will never be able to legislate entirely against liars and cheaters and the public will always be reliant on the role of whistleblowers, a d(...)

Billy Lawless

The White House has asked Galway businessman Billy Lawless, now a resident of Chicago, to introduce Barack Obama today in the president’s home town in(...)

A crowd cheers Nelson Mandela in 2000 as he prepares to be conferred with an honorary degree at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Nelson Mandela Exhibition, at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, should be put on show in Ireland, said Christopher Till, director of the museu(...)

Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina were given a first-hand account of the methods employed by the apartheid government to break and divide inmates on Robben Island by prisoner turned tour guide Thulani Mabaso. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography 2014

Visiting Robben Island is essential to understanding the level of sacrifice made by the people who defeated apartheid in South Africa, President Micha(...)

 President Michael D Higgins with  South African president  Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Gender-based violence is one of greatest challenges facing South Africa today and it needs to be rooted out of local cultures, President Michael D Hig(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus, yesterday, where he delivered the keynote address, Challenges and Opportunites in Africa, on the 16th day of his 22-day official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew/Fennell

Poverty reduction must become a central plank of the policies African governments implement in the coming years to transform their economies into en(...)

South Africa Gael’s Mayo captain Steven Malinga lifts a cup after being presented with it by President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins following a Gaelic football match in Pretoria, South Africa. Photograph: Department of Foreign Affairs Twitter.

It was a GAA final like no other. The winning team was of mixed gender, nearly all were black but, and most extraordinarily, all wore Mayo’s red and g(...)

President Michael D Higgins, his wife, Sabina, and Christopher Till, director of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Amnesia is not an option when it comes to Ireland dealing with the past, nor is moral equivalence, President Michael D Higgins has said.“Murder is mur(...)

Mourners at the funeral of Brian Farrell at the Church of the Holy Cross, Dundrum this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 4:23

Former broadcaster Brian Farrell was a family man who enjoyed a pint and a song in west Clare, and attempts with his children to dam streams in the Du(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on their arrival to Kazumu International Airport, Lilongwe, Malawi on the ninth day of the President’s 22-day official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew

Irish missionaries were Ireland’s original pioneers in Africa, President Michael D Higgins has said in Malawi. Six Irish missionaries with long servi(...)