Irish Times front page picture from Janaury 6th.  The body of a migrant child , with a Turkish coast guard boat in the background, lies on the shore in the Aegean coastal town of Dikili, near the western city of Izmir.  REUTERS/Depo Photos

The photograph on the front page of yesterday’s Irish Times brought me back to a beach near Izmir in Turkey last month. The beach I went to was litte(...)

Peter Sutherland is a vocal and sincere proponent for the rights of refugees, but his previous posts, at the head of the  World Trade Organisation and Goldman Sachs International, hardly mark him out as an instinctive champion of the downtrodden. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Amid all the consumption of the Christmas season, it’s still possible to hear a seasonal message of hope, goodwill and generosity on the airwaves. Whi(...)

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, writing in 1985, said: “The content of that statement was grossly defamatory.”  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Current Supreme Court judge Adrian Hardiman threatened to sue government press secretary Peter Prendergast following a row over an RTÉ radio intervie(...)

Lord Gowrie (centre) speaks in Dublin at the National Museum, alongside Charles  Haughey and  Dr Pat Wallace

Irish diplomats were warned by a member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet about blanket eavesdropping on their communications with Dublin during the talk(...)

The “ruinously selfish” behaviour of some member states towards refugees has brought the European Union to its knees, former attorney general Peter Sutherland has said.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The “ruinously selfish” behaviour of some member states towards refugees has brought the European Union to its knees, former attorney general Peter Su(...)

Outgoing president of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said many commentators now seem to feel successive court interventions have ‘virtually paralysed’ the investigatory process ‘where accountability for matters of serious public concern is required’. Photograph: Alan Betson

The courts should be mindful of the potential “Pandora’s box” effect of their decisions, particularly those which impact on accountability for matter(...)

Former president Mary Robinson speaking at the symposium hosted by Charlie Flanagan TD, with Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The murder of more than 250,000 Syrians could have been prevented if the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council had acted more (...)

Peter Sutherland: ‘Countries can share Syrian refugees or choose from three options: leave them on the beaches,  lock them in camps or send them back to the hell they’ve escaped.’

In the shadowy, wood-lined study of his London home, Peter Sutherland’s oval face drifts in and out of the pool of light cast by a green desk lamp. H(...)

Mary Robinson and Kofi Annan: busy day on December 17th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Thursday the 17th will be a busy day for former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson. In the ev(...)

The   summit on migration in Valletta, Malta: With more than 2.2 million Syrian refugees currently residing in Turkey, the country is widely seen as playing a key role in Europe’s response to the crisis. Photograph: Tiberio Barchielli/EPA

Ireland will be requested to offer €28.5 million in emergency funds for Turkey to help deal with the refugee crisis as part of a €3 billion European U(...)