Peter Sutherland: said the migration crisis was a problem “which can only be dealt with collectively, not in isolation to one another”.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

EU leaders defended their decision not to back mandatory quotas for migrants at a summit of EU leaders, pledging to agree a plan to redistribute 40(...)

Former EU Commissioner and Attorney General Peter Sutherland has called on Ireland to waive its exemption from Thursday’s night’s European Union agreement on the relocation of 40,000 refugees. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former EU Commissioner and Attorney General, Peter Sutherland has called on Ireland to waive its exemption from Thursday’s night’s European Union agre(...)

Peter Sutherland has said the international system’s capacity to cope with refugees has barely improved despite increasing numbers of migrants.

Former Irish Attorney General, Peter Sutherland, in his capacity as UN special representative for international migration, will have an audience with (...)

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin gave the only formal comment on the result of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum calling it a “defeat for humanity”. File photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The “Yes” result of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum does not cut a lot of ice in the Holy See. That much was clear at a news conference on Tue(...)

Political leadership in Ireland to tackle vested groups in the area of climate change was absent while an appetite to seriously address greenhouse gas(...)

Sir, – I found the piece by Donal Dorr (“Pope’s message on climate change a radical departure”, Opinion & Analysis, June 19th) fascinating in that(...)

Mary Robinson: “The latest science makes it clear that the world needs to reach zero carbon emissions globally by 2050 to maximise chances of staying below 2 degrees and to make 1.5 degrees feasible.” Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Two-thirds of known fossil-fuel reserves must be left in the ground if global warming is to be kept at less that 2 degrees above pre-industrial level(...)

Pope Francis has called for his most significant encyclical to date, Laudato Si (Be Praised), sub-titled “On the Care of Our Common Home”, to be part (...)

International aid agencies and environmental groups have hailed Pope Francis’s “game-changing” message on the need to protect the environment and tackle climate change. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti.

Ireland’s Catholic primate Eamon Martin and former president Mary Robinson are among many who have extended an enthusiastic welcome to Pope Francis’s (...)

 Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives in Tacloban, Philippines earlier this year. He demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”. Photograph: Wally Santana/AP. 1:30

In what has been arguably the most keenly anticipated papal encyclical of modern times, Pope Francis yesterday called on “all people...to enter int(...)