Prof Michael O’Flaherty,  director of the  EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónailln

After last year’s departure of Catherine Day as secretary general of the European Commission, there were fears that Ireland’s presence in the upper ra(...)

People release white doves  in memory of those who died in a fire at a trade union building two years ago. Photograph: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images

Scuffles, arrests, a bomb scare and high security overshadowed events in the Ukrainian city of Odessa yesterday to mark two years since vicious street(...)

The judgment in the Digital Rights Ireland case – in which the court threw out the existing EU Data Retention Directive – was a sweeping defence of human rights.

For a long time, the biggest European thorns in the sides of multinational technology companies were the European Commission’s competition and tax aut(...)

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic: “I know how to ensure the future of Serbia and how to work hard to get there.” Photograph:  Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic has vowed to accelerate reforms aimed at guiding his country towards European Union membership, after an elect(...)

Theresa May: says she is “no fan” of the EU’s charter of fundamental rights or the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Britain should leave the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and not the European Union, home secretary Theresa May has said. Ms May said that(...)

Seán MacBride; A co-founder of Amnesty International he voted yes to the Eighth Amendment, and wrote an influential newspaper article two days before the Referendum.

Keep on saying something long enough and it becomes the truth? Is that how human rights now operate? The Irish arm of Amnesty International says that (...)

A friend welcomed a badger sett on his land even when they wrenched a sheaf from his best daffodils, just nicely in flower. Illustration:  Michael Viney

A friend with an outlier badger sett just the other side of the hedge was reminded of his intermittent neighbours on a brilliant morning last week whe(...)

Poland’s constitutional tribunal ruled on Wednesday that the country’s December 22nd Bill, changing the court’s inner workings, was at odds with the constitution. Its ruling has put the court on a collision course with the government of prime minister Beata Szydlo, above. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Poland’s constitutional tribunal has declared war on Warsaw’s national conservative government after judges dismissed as unconstitutional a series of (...)

A “game-changer” was the optimistic verdict of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the end of another long night of Brussels talks. If only. The(...)

Group spokesman David Walsh, a retired mathematician from NUI Maynooth, said maleness and what it is to be a man were being overlooked in society, with unhealthy consequences. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The treatment of men in Irish society should be a general election issue, according to campaign group Men’s Voices 2016. Arguing that Ireland has bec(...)