‘Charlie Hebdo’ on a newsstand, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Many moderate Muslims see the support for Charlie Hebdo as “nothing more than the triumphalist hatred that the West has had for Islam almost since it(...)

Michael D Higgins: “We live in an age characterised by intolerable global inequality, widespread political alienation and disillusionment, rising intolerance where faith-based systems are distorted and abused into extremism, and resulting unprecedented levels of human displacement.” File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 3:44

Opening address by President Michael D Higgins on the occasion of Amnesty International’s International Council Meeting, Dublin Distinguished Guests, (...)

A child migrant  is brought aboard the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship MV Phoenix after being rescued from an overloaded wooden boat 16km off the coast of Libya, August 6th, 2015. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters 3:44

The European Union’s response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean had been a “failure”, “grossly inadequate” and “shameful”, President Michael (...)

Copies of more than 100,000 DNA and fingerprint profiles are set to be retained in Northern Ireland to aid investigations into crimes committed during the the Troubles. Image: bestdesigns/Getty Images/iStockphoto.

Copies of more than 100,000 DNA and fingerprint profiles are set to be retained in Northern Ireland to aid investigations into crimes committed during(...)

Louise  O’Keeffe and other abuse survivors have strongly criticised the scope of the compensation scheme, accusing the state of failing to accept its legal responsibility. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

The State Claims Agency has identified 210 cases of alleged child sexual abuse in schools, which are eligible for compensation under a Department of E(...)

On patrol: British soldiers in the Bogside, in Derry in 1971, during clashes between republicans and loyalists. Photograph: Darde/AFP/Getty

There is a handwritten note in the margin of a letter written in 1977 by the British home secretary at the time, Merlyn Rees, to the prime minister, J(...)

Publish and be hanged

Independent Newspapers’ appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against a massive €1.25 million defamation award is a welcome, important –(...)

Communications consultant Monica Leech secured a €1.25m libel award. Photograph: The Irish Times

Independent Newspapers is to challenge Ireland’s defamation laws at the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that a €1.25 million libel award to c(...)

Ivan Scalfarotto, a member of Mr Renzi’s Democratic party and secretary for constitutional reforms in the parliament, expressed his satisfaction with the decision, which was announced weeks after the politician ended a hunger strike in protest against Italy’s “serious human rights violation” on gay rights. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Italy violates human rights by not offering adequate legal protection and recognition to same-sex couples, a European court has ruled. The decision by(...)

A Nigerian woman and her Irish-born daughter have had their deportation orders quashed after a judge rejected the State’s arguments that “non-settled (...)