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(...)

 Dave Power, Mount merrion and Paul Byrne, Swords wait for the official results, in the court yard of Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 3:18

Work will begin this week to give effect to the referendum decision to amend the Constitution with the first same-sex marriages likely to take place a(...)

Axa’s chief executive says divestment move should inspire other financial institutions to follow suit

Axa, one of the world’s largest insurers, has become the first global financial institution to shun investments in coal companies. The French group, w(...)

The ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, before it was overrrun by Islamic State forces. The advance of the jihadists in both Iraq and Syria has forced their opponents to reappraise strategy. Photograph: AP 1:07

Islamic State fighters are celebrating their second major conquest in a week in Syria and Iraq as they pick through the ruins of the historic city of(...)

‘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(...)

Residents look for their belongings among the rubble of their destroyed homes in Nepal after the recent earthquake. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

After a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal at 11.56am on Saturday, April 25th, an army of volunteers mobilised and worked around the clock as part of (...)

Dried up: the UN Global Pulse unit monitors social network messages from Twitter and elsewhere for early-warning signals of a disease outbreak, crop failure or economic turmoil in a region of a developing country. Photograph: Reuters

The timing and technology are right to bring the power of digital sensing to the poor to improve health, safety and education.That is the driving assu(...)

A Rohingya migrant who arrived by boat holds her child at Julok village in Kuta Binje, Indonesia’s Aceh Province, on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Indonesia and Malaysia agreed yesterday to take in thousands of migrants stranded at sea until they can be sent home or resettled in a third country,(...)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday his plan to go to North Korea this week to visit an industrial complex had been scrapped after Pyongyang retracted its earlier approval, calling the decision “deeply regrettable”.  Photograph: EPA

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday his plan to go to North Korea this week to visit an industrial complex had been scrapped after Pyon(...)

Body bags containing African migrants, who drowned trying to reach Italian shores, lie in a hangar at  Lampedusa airport in 2013. Photograph: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

The Government needs to take leadership on the issue of migration, the Immigrant Council of Ireland has said. An Irish Times poll showed more (...)