‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

It’s the season of goodwill, so let’s attempt it. That honest Staffordshire man Dr Samuel Johnson once said “the Irish are a fair people: they never s(...)

It has been reported that Nelson Mandela (94) was re-admitted to hospital shortly before midnight on Wednesday, due to a recurring lung infection. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Mandela remains in hospital
  • Africa
  • March 30, 2013, 12:00

Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in hospital while he receives treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia. Presidentia(...)