The husband of one of the women said she  underwent an involuntary and unnecessary symphysiotomy when having the couple’s first child at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, in 1960. Photograph: David Sleator

A challenge to the constitutionality of the Government’s redress scheme for survivors of symphysiotomy has been brought on behalf of two elderly survi(...)

A Liberian man looks at a mural in downtown Monrovia that forms part of an Ebola awareness campaign. The death toll in the worst Ebola epidemic on record has risen to 5,459 out of 15,351 cases identified in eight countries by November 18th. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

West Africa’s Ebola epidemic could worsen further before abating but new infections should start to decline in all affected countries by the end of th(...)

Rescue workers walk near a Nairobi-bound bus that was ambushed outside Mandera town, near Kenya’s border with Somalia and Ethiopia yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Kenyan security forces have pursued and killed more than 100 militants and destroyed their camp in Somalia after the ambush of a Nairobi-bound bus tha(...)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media after the UN Chief Executive Board’s private session on the Ebola response in Washington. Photograph:Joshua Roberts/Reuters

International efforts to fight Ebola are helping to slow the rate of new infections in some areas but increased infections in others and fears of furt(...)

 People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march, in O’Connell Street, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Luke

The debate triggered by recent water charge-related incidents has focused attention on the scope and limits of our entitlement to protest. The startin(...)

The late Miss Honduras, Maria Jose Alvarado (above) was to have flown to London this week to compete in the Miss World pageant - the high point of her reign. Photograph: EPA/STR 2:24

A man has told police he killed Miss Honduras and her sister in a jealous rage because the latter, his girlfriend, danced with another man.The bodies(...)

File photograph - A UN resolution is urging that North Korea and its leader be held accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. Photograph: REUTERS/KCNA

A UN committee has approved a resolution that urges the examination of the human rights situation in North Korea. The UN General Assembly’s human righ(...)

Noeline Blackwell, director general, of Flac: “It’s a question of the right to adequate and affordable housing to allow people to live in dignity and we haven’t come anywhere near that.”

The Government’s proposed investments in housing are “not enough” to address family homelessness in Ireland, a group representing the views of over 5(...)

Aodhán Ó Riordáin: it is “no longer tenable for this State to deny Traveller ethnicity.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Traveller ethnicity will be “a reality” in six months, the Minister of State for Equality has said. Aodhán Ó Riordáin, speaking at an event in Dublin (...)

China’s president Xi Jinping at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday. China and Australia have  signed a declaration of intent on a landmark free trade deal more than a decade in the making. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

China’s anti-corruption dragnet spread its tentacles overseas with the capture of 288 fugitives suspected of committing economic crimes who had fled (...)