Former South African president  Nelson Mandela: the  sequel is based on a little known manuscript Mandela wrote by hand but never completed, chronicling his time as the country’s first black president. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

“I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest(...)

Niall FitzGerald, former chief executive of Unilever and current chairman of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There was a period where Niall FitzGerald spent a fair amount of his time poking around strangers’ houses in foreign countries, opening their fridges (...)

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is to receive the Tipperary International Peace Award. File photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Ban Ki-moon is to be awarded an international peace prize for his role in tackling climate change, global conflicts and natural disasters, it has been(...)

Children from the Zip Zap circus school prepare ahead of a World Aids Day concert in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Today is the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death. Photograph: Nic Bothma

In the emotion-filled days that followed former South African president Nelson Mandela’s death a year ago today, the African National Congress party v(...)

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(...)

Nadine Gordimer, who has died in Johannesburg aged 90, was a writer whose literary ambitions led her into the heart of apartheid and brought her a Nob(...)

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(...)

AIB said yesterday it was tired of “forbearance” and was worried it would be pushed to the “back of the queue” if it didn’t move against O’Reilly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bernard Somers slipped into the back of Court No 1 in the commercial court at 2.25pm yesterday. The veteran accountant had fought a behind-the-scenes (...)

Helen Zille, leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, dances with supporters at a campaign rally in Hout Bay, Cape Town, on Thursday. The main opposition party has steadily increased its support base since 1994. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

The call this week by dissident veterans of the African National Congress for people to withhold support for the party in the coming general el(...)

Freedom fighter: Albie Sachs was appointed by Nelson Mandela to South Africa’s fledgling constitutional court and became the primary architect of the 1996 post-apartheid constitution

Seven-year-old Oliver Sachs can be heard playing in the background as his father, Albie, speaks over Skype from his home in Cape Town. “People (...)