President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are continuing their official   visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins has warmly welcomed the Government decision to send three members of the Defence Forces to assist in the fight against Eb(...)

President Michael D Higgins who is visiting Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa: “These are our  fellow children of the planet. We have to decide that we will allow the people to live and to survive at least . . . Feeding children on 80 cents a day and to be short of the 80 cents is a scandal to humanity.” Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

It might have been a scene from Yeats’s Among School Children, there in the Tierkidi refugee camp in Ethiopia’s Gambella province on the borders with (...)

President Michael D Higgins meeting a refugee and her baby during a visit to the GOAL nutrition centre, Tierkadi refugee camp in the Gambella region in Ethiopia.  Photograph: Chris Bellew/ Fennell Photography 2014

President Michael D Higgins has called for urgent action by the international community to alleviate disaster in the growing refugee crisis confronti(...)

US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power addresses a  fundraiser for the Irish humanitarian agency Goal in New York last night. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

The international community is not just losing the race against Ebola but is “getting lapped,” US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told(...)

Struggling: Jemilla Jawara with Jammie, her late sister-in-law’s two-year-old daughter

In Kenema, a city in eastern Sierra Leone, the hospital noticeboards are swamped with tributes to staff who have died caring for Ebola patients. Almos(...)

Bastian Schweinsteiger is sorely missed from the German engine room while Jonathan Walters could have a key role to play for Ireland tonight. Photograph:  Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images.

Ah, Poland. Nobody could begrudge them Saturday’s victory in Warsaw – you owed them, we understand – but it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the(...)

Enda O’Coineen:  has invested in the new enterprise

Grid Finance, a new peer-to-peer finance company, launched yesterday targeting Irish small and medium sized enterprises, charities and community group(...)

A volunteer health worker wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) suit at a newly-constructed Ebola virus treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: James Giahyue/Reuters.

Tests are to be carried out on the body of a Liberian employee of the aid agency Concern who has died in West Africa. The man was being treated for t(...)

Seán Sherlock TD. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Funding of €600,000 and emergency supplies are to be sent to assist communities battling the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, Minister of State for Dev(...)

A woman shops at Aberdeen market in Freetown. Residents started stockpiling food when authorities announced a lockdown from yesterday to try and curb the Ebola epidemic.  Photograph: EPA/STR

In her free time Isha Turay, an 18-year-old Sierra Leonean student, sells vegetables on Malama Thomas Street in the heart of the bustling capital, Fre(...)