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 (...)

Over decades the gradual blurring of the distinction between foreign and domestic policy and its administration has proceeded apace with globalisation(...)

Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As we take more trips abroad, and more of us move overseas, the number of people falling on hard times while they are away is on the rise. This wee(...)

Documentation arising from the investigation of David  Drumm by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement has  been sent to the US authorities.

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm faces an expensive legal battle if he decides to fight any attempt to extradite him to Ireland. S(...)

The move follows a decision by a US court on Tuesday to deny Mr Drumm the chance to write off more than €10 million in personal debts through US bankruptcy.

The State is believed to have begun the process of seeking to extradite former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm from the US to face crimin(...)

Doctors at an Ebola Treatment Center in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

A Defence Forces medical team is to be trained in combating the Ebola virus before flying out to Sierra Leone this month. It is the first time a Defen(...)

Passports being processed at the Passport Office in Balbriggan, Co Dublin. The Department of Foreign Affairs issued more than 600,000 of the travel documents in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than 600,000 passports were issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs last year, broadly similar to 2012 and 2013.The Irish passport office in (...)

Ireland’s ambassador Isolde Moylan with Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, whom she met dozens of times, in his compound in Ramallah in 2000

Since 2010, Isolde Moylan, who has served as a diplomat for 40 years, has been accredited to five countries: Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. (...)

Brothers Barry (left) and Patrick Lyttle from Ballycastle in Northern Ireland. Patrick is critically ill in an Australian hosptal after Barry is alleged to have struck him.

An Irish man was last night granted bail by an Australian court after being charged over an assault in Sydney that has left his brother in a critical (...)

Martin Cadden was killed close to Leeston, Canterbury, on the South Island, New Zealand.

A young Irish man killed in a road traffic collision in New Zealand has been named as Martin Cadden from Co Cavan. The 22-year-old from Loughduff, Mul(...)