Ibrahim Halawa’s family has criticised the Government’s approach to the Egyptian authorities, with his sisters calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene in attempts to have him released from jail

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has dismissed as “unfair and unfounded” claims his department is failing to act in the Ibrahim Halawa ca(...)

Senator Hildegarde Naughton (above) has a “strong public image” but “poor knowledge of the political landscape”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael could be damaged in Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Mayo constituency because of “real concerns over perceived lack of Government delivery”, accordi(...)

An Aer Lingus plane passes a British Airways aircraft on the runway at London Heathrow – Aer Lingus owns 23 landing and take-off slots at the airport, worth between €770m and €925m.Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Buying a landing and take-off slot at London Heathrow Airport will cost you between €33.5 million and €40.25 million according to a recent estimate fr(...)

Construction hard hats left on metal building poles on the roof of a new multi-storey building in the sprawling Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit, in the West Bank,  after the Palestinian workers left for the day yesterday. The US and European states have  protested to Israel over its plan to appropriate  1,000 acres of land belonging to Palestinian villages in the Gush Etzion area, and declare that state lands. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

The appropriation by Israel of almost 1,000 acres of West Bank land is a “a nail in the coffin of a two-state solution” the Palestinian ambassador to(...)

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(...)