Goal chief executive Barry Andrews said hospitals in Nepal were overrun and huge numbers of people had been left homeless and were sleeping rough. Photograph: AFP Photo/Getty Images

Dóchas, the Irish umbrella group of development NGOs said 10 Irish aid agencies were on the ground in Nepal and had issued appeals for help. It encou(...)

A sisterly kind of friendship: Dr Fiona Dennehy and Caoimhe de Barra. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times  A sisterly kind of friendship: Dr Fiona Dennehy and Caoimhe de Barra. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fiona Dennehy is a GP and partner in the Cremore Clinic in Glasnevin. She works with the North Dublin General Practitioners Training Scheme, training (...)

Sally O’Neill (left) and Anne Enright in Honduras. Photo David Stephenson

Tributes have been paid to Sally O’Neill, Trócaire’s head of region for Latin America, who is to retire next month. Ms O’Neill has been at the heart o(...)

David Staunton: “Ecotherapy takes into account the feelings of loss, hopelessness and denial that many of us are living with due to the gross injustices – climate change, pollution, the mass extinction of birds, animals and plants – that nature and our planet experience”

‘Ecopsychology” is part of the solution to climate-change denial and inaction on global warming, according to David Staunton, an “ecopsychologist” (...)

Lydia McCarthy from Trócaire hosts a Climate Change Climate Justice session with students from Mercy Convent National School, Navan, Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Do you think you do a good job at looking after the planet?” The group of third-year students from Loreto Secondary School in Navan shuffle th(...)

Satellite image from scientists at Wuhan University in China shows a night image of Syria taken in March 2011. Photograph: Trócaire handout from #WithSyria

As the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, satellite images have been released which show that 83 per cent of all lights in Syria have gone out sin(...)

Cardinal Peter Turkson said that Pope Francis was planning to publish a papal encyclical later this year on human ecology. The cardinal is currently visiting Ireland.  File photograph:  Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis intends to publish an encyclical letter later this year on the theme of human ecology that will explore the relationship between care for(...)

Bishop Éamonn Walsh: he suggested that the money saved might be donated to a hospices that  help people with addiction issues. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

People might give up alcohol for Lent, or cut down on their intake, Dublin’s Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Éamonn Walsh has suggested.“It makes good heal(...)

Youth ambassadors from the ONE Campaign listen to President Michael D Higgins at the Irish launch of the European Year of  Development at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

The coming year is set to “shape the future of humanity” according to Dóchas, as world leaders decide on new strategies to fight climate change, hu(...)

‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

It’s the season of goodwill, so let’s attempt it. That honest Staffordshire man Dr Samuel Johnson once said “the Irish are a fair people: they never s(...)