Former Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who has condemned as ‘incitement to murder’ a video posted by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov showng him in the cross-hairs of a sniper’s rifle. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

One of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s most loyal allies has stirred fear among Kremlin critics by releasing a video showing opposition leader Mik(...)

The bail scheme was first recommended by the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Geoffrey Shannon in a report to the Government five years ago. Photograph: Garett White/Collins

The Department of Children has published a tender for a new “intensive supervision” bail scheme for minors awaiting trial. The system will add a laye(...)

A little . . . and late

Introducing an important piece of legislation that will die with the 31st Dáil says it all. While in opposition, Fine Gael and the Labour Party compla(...)

Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, during a debate on the state of the rule of law and restrictions to press freedom in Poland, January 19, 2016.    REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Poland fought long and hard against foreign occupation and against an oppressive communist regime to achieve its current solid democratic order. Yet (...)

Olivia Mitchell: Thanked Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett and his predecessors for “their courtesy and guidance and indeed their friendship over the years”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Long-serving Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell became emotional as she thanked voters and colleagues, in her final speech in the Dáil before her retirement(...)

 Polish president Andrzej Duda: “I can assure you nothing exceptional is happening in Poland.” Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Polish president Andrzej Duda has defended his country’s recent changes to media and constitutional law, appealing to the European Union to “calm down(...)

Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo: Solidarity founder Lech Walesa says her government “acts against our freedom, achievements, democracy”.Photo: REUTERS/Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta

Twenty-five years ago next month, the leaders of Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia gathered in the small Hungarian town of Visegrad on the banks of t(...)

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees  approved by Cabinet.

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees who have been approved by the Cabinet. Breandán Ó Caoll(...)

Pall-bearers carry the coffin of Welly Nzitonda, the son of human rights defender Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, during a funeral ceremony in Bujumbura, Burundi, on November 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LANDRY NSHIMIY

It is a bit predictable for a human rights organisation to produce a report saying how bad the human rights situation is, but we have reached a turnin(...)

Protesters in Freedom Square in Poznan, Poland, at the weekend under the banner Red Rard for Law and Justice (PiS). Photograph: EPA/Jakub Kaczmarczyk

EU officials returned to their desks this week in the hope that 2015 would be a year they could leave behind. A series of crises, beginning with the t(...)