“We need a political breakthrough in Paris to begin addressing this injustice.” A model from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) with a world map painted on her body poses in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in the run up to COP21

Pope Francis has focused much attention on issues that are universal to us all and has sought to inspire and offer leadership. What he has said has re(...)

Global warming: “We are the last generation who can limit the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions,” says Bernie Connolly of Cork Environmental Forum. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty

Just over a year ago, as the UN Climate Summit met at United Nations headquarters in New York, 400,000 people took to the streets of the city for t(...)

Noo Saro-Wiwa, daughter of executed Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, with Sr Majella McCarron, at Maynooth University. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two decades after Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa was hanged with eight colleagues for opposing the oil industry’s activities in Ogoniland, his death ha(...)

 Bishop  William Crean, chairman of Trócaire: Figures from the  2014 ‘Annual Report and Financial Statements’ of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference show the charity  received €29.6 million last year in donations. Photograph: Catholic Communications Office/PA Wire

Trócaire, the Irish Catholic Church’s overseas aid agency, received €29.6 million last year in donations from Irish people, or almost €5 for every pe(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan. File  photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is to spend an extra €40 million on overseas aid next year, according to today’s budget, bringing the total spend for development assis(...)

A woman hugs a baby wrapped in an emergency blanket as refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 1st, 2015. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

The Catholic bishops have called on parishes throughout the island to mobilise resources to help with the resettlement of migrants who come to Ireland(...)

Sustainable Development Goals will replace the Millennium Development Goals.

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny will join Pope Francis and leaders from around the globe today in New York to ratify the Sustain(...)

Philippine environmental activists march during a protest at the Human Rights Commission office in Manila on September 22nd, 2015. The activists are calling for an investigation into the top 50 investor-owned fossil fuel companies over climate change impacts upon people and their livelihoods. Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

Chairman of the Government’s National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change Dr John FitzGerald has said it is not realistic to expect the US, Chin(...)

 Motasem (left) from Syria and Edel McGinley of the Migrant Rights Centre  at the NGO Coalition meeting about the refugee crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Refugees and migrants accepted into Ireland as part of the European Union’s resettlement efforts risk ending up in direct provision centres, warned th(...)

The Irish patrol ship LÉ Niamh successfully rescued 317 men, 11 women and one child about 58km north of Tripoli in Libya on Saturday. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh arrived at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily at 8.15am on Sunday with 329 refugees and migrants on board after car(...)