Amnesty International staging a protest demanding the  release of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Department of Foreign Affairs  said the “nature and severity” of the penalty   is a “cause of concern”. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

The “nature and severity” of the penalty imposed on jailed Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, who will receive 50 lashes later today, is a “cause of (...)

President Michael D Higgins opens the joint offices for the Irish Refugee Council and the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland on Dame Street, Dublin. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

President Michael D Higgins has spoken of his concern for asylum seekers who experience “exclusion from full participation in society and the politica(...)

Brett Meyers, chief executive of CurrencyFair, explains how he convinced  Sebastian Chabal to dress up as a fairy.

The new Irish Times business and technology podcast is being piloted today.The show is presented by award-winning journalist Tom Lyons and produced by(...)

Audio podcast: after the troika

As part of our coverage of Ireland’s exit this week from the EU/IMF bailout, we debate the issues raised by the country’s post-crash realities in a sp(...)