Bobby Molloy: he resigned as a minister after letters were sent from his office seeking temporary release for a convicted rapist

Niall Collins is not the first politician to find himself in the eye of the storm after writing to a court seeking leniency for a constituent.In 2002 (...)

Iranian ambassador to Ireland Javad Kachoueian: “The people of my country cannot accept that others tell them not to have a peaceful nuclear programme.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Ten months after President Hassan Rouhani took office, Iran is emerging from the isolation that followed the repression of the 2009 “green movement”. (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore talks to the media after his meeting with French president Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: EPA/Yoan Valat

Ireland’s diplomatic corps has been an “essential part” of efforts to restore the State’s international reputation and economic recovery, the D(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  denied he was trying to capitalise on the pope’s popularity and said the decision was taken because of the Holy See’s renewed focus on tackling “hunger and world poverty” under Francis.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has linked the Government’s decision to reopen the Embassy to the Holy See to the arrival of Pope Francis. However, Mr Gilmore (...)

‘Irish Times’ deputy editor Denis Staunton: “If you spend any time with the Irish abroad you will see very quickly that they know a great deal more about us than we do about them.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish diaspora must not be simply exploited and should be offered more involvement in Irish affairs, the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs h(...)

Irish siblings (left to right) Ibrihim Halawa with sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia.

A Cairo prosecutor yesterday told four Irish citizens detained during unrest in the city that no decision will be taken on their case until this weeke(...)

A picture of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is seen on his grave in the Preobrazhensky cemetery in Moscow

An Oireachtas committee has backed down from sanctioning Russian officials involved in the death of a lawyer there. A motion to list officials (...)

An amendment is also to be proposed by Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan (pictured) which drops references to such sanctions such as asset freezes and visa bans

A “spectacular attack” has been launched on Irish democracy by Russia over attempts to get a law dropped which would sanction officials respons(...)