A Unicef employee measuring the arm of a malnourished child in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, as they assess the health situation of residents of the famine-stricken town. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Russia has dismissed a United Nations Security Council meeting on the siege of Syrian towns as “unnecessary noise” that politicises a humanitarian cri(...)

Rain pours down during a flag-raising ceremony to mark the opening of the State Commemorative Programme for 2016 in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Prince Charles may be invited to an Easter Rising commemorative event, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has said(...)

 Staff  at The Greenhouse, Dublin, celebrate their new Michelin star. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

More tourists and increased consumer confidence are some of the reasons cited by Ireland’s Michelin-star restaurants for the “significant upturn” they(...)

Duke Special: ‘One friend recalled that he had an awkward habit that could cause social embarrassment. It could nearly be called a psychic tick’

My Obituary is a new column, launched today, in which people are given the chance to write their own obituaries while they are still alive. Some ma(...)

The actor Liam NeesoN: Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish Hollywood star Liam Neeson said today the families of the so-called Disappeared were living in a cruel and inhumane limbo. In an appeal for info(...)

The search for the body of IRA murder victim Columba McVeigh, one of the so-called Disappeared, has resumed in Bragan, County Monaghan.The 19-year-old, from Donaghmore, County Tyrone, was kidnapped in 1975. Photograph:  Philip Fitzpatrick

“I am confident that he is here. Are we in exactly the right place? That’s a different matter.” Jon Hill overlooks a bleak bog on a wind(...)