Ireland has condemned the firing of missiles by Hamas and the ‘very high and unacceptable’ levels of civilian casualties by Israel at the an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights council in Geneva today. Photograph: EPA/Martial Trezzini

Ireland has condemned the firing of missiles by Hamas and the “very high and unacceptable” levels of civilian casualties by Israeli military attacks a(...)

A section of the Corrib gas line at Aughoose, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Shell to Sea has appealed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to raise the issue of policing the Corrib gas dispute with the Governme(...)

A Palestinian protester throws a stone towards Israeli policemen during clashes after Friday payers in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters.

A UN human rights investigator today accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that th(...)

A  woman views flowers placed on a burnt out vehicle near Independence Square. The information emerging online from Ukraine over the past week is simply astonishing. Photograph: Getty Images

Social media is now a Situation Room. The information emerging online from Ukraine over the past week is simply astonishing. While the digital (...)

Migrant labourers working in Qatar in preparation for the 2022 World Cup. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/Getty Images

It was a busy start to 2014 for the Taoiseach and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton. They were on a trade mission to (...)

“Major deals, which lead to tangible increases in exports and jobs in Ireland, are very often commenced or concluded on these missions.” Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton meets Dr Faleh Mohamed Hussain Ali, assistant secretary general for policy affairs at Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health. Photograph: Lydia Shaw

Ireland has a proud history of supporting the cause of human rights around the world. Unfortunately, our record of providing jobs for our people is fa(...)

Our man in Riyadh: Enda Kenny with Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (right), Saudi Arabia’s deputy prime minister and minister for defence

It rained a bit, and according to RTÉ’s correspondent the driving in Saudi Arabia was a bit hair-raising – women drivers, eh? – but it looked like a j(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan, the UAE foreign minister. The Irish delegation has made no excuses about the fact that this trip is about trade, investment and creating jobs back home. Photograph:  Maria Sundinemail

It is hard to fault the effort Taoiseach Enda Kenny has invested in the Enterprise Ireland trade mission to the Gulf region this week. He talked up, i(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore: wants the United Nations to make ending extreme poverty within a generation a priority. Photographh: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore will meet UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon in New York today to discuss issues including the o(...)

Smoke rises from behind a building in Jobar, Damascus. Most of the 100,000-plus killed since early 2011 have died by what could be described as more conventional means: including aerial bombardment, shelling and sniper fire. Photograph: Msallam Abd Albaset/Reuters

Almost lost in the debate over the now confirmed use of chemical weapons in Damascus last month is the fact that only a fraction of Syria’s war dead h(...)