United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon at a ceremony to receive the Tipperary International Peace Award last night, at Ballykisteen Hotel in Co Tipperary. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has hailed the result of Ireland’s marriage equality referendum as “truly an historic moment” for huma(...)

David Norris with Katherine Zappone, and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD in the court yard at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 1:04

What a wonderful extraordinary day Saturday was! This is a time for joy and non-triumphalist celebration. I have been privileged in my life to follow(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to hold talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in early June on Britain’s plans to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to hold talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in early June on Britain’s plans to renegotiate its relationship with (...)

‘Their stories offer compelling insights into the negative impact gaps in services and system-oriented practices have on the lives of children and their families’. Photograph: Getty Images

As Ombudsman for Children I often return to the question posed by Eleanor Roosevelt, at an event at the UN in New York, during the 10th anniversary of(...)

Senator  Ronan Mullen said the organisations received almost €15 million from Atlantic Philanthropies in recent years. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has claimed philanthropist Chuck Feeney is interfering in Irish democracy by funding gay rights groups. Mr Mullen m(...)

On guard: Honduran soldiers monitor a land occupation by farmers from the Trinidad community in April 2015. Photograph: Juana Esquivel 5:02

Guadalupe Gallerda can still remember the sound of gunfire echoing through her village, in the Lower Aguán Valley, in Honduras, the day her husband(...)

The surprise Tory triumph makes one thing virtually certain - a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union is likely to take place within the next two years.  Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg.

In many ways the decisive victory for the Conservative Party represented the worst possible outcome for those concerned about Britain’s future in the (...)

Five more years: A file image of  Enda Kenny (R)  with British prime minister David Cameron. Many politicians in Dublin were hoping for a Labour victory as that would have put paid to a UK referendum in the short term at least. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.

The most obvious impact for Ireland of David Cameron’s victory is that a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union is now certain to hap(...)

Melinda Thompson attorney for Aisling Brady McCarthy, an Irish nanny accused of murdering a one-year-old in her care in 2013, holding up Ms McCarthy’s passport in court. Photograph: Josh Reynolds/The Boston Globe

The Irish nanny accused of murdering a baby girl in her care in January 2013 has been released on bail of $15,000 (€13,400) leaving a US jail for the (...)

The low representation at plenary sessions in the second half of last year reflects the low attendance of two of Ireland’s 11 MEPs, Brian Crowley and Luke Ming Flanagan in the first six months of the Parliament. Photograph: EPA

The attendance rate of Irish MEPs at the European Parliament’s plenary sessions dropped to 76 per cent in the second half of last year, one of the (...)