Leila Dube from Galway marching with asylum seekers, refugees and supporters  on Universal Children’s Day last November, protesting about the system of direct provision. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s the details that shock: children growing up in State-sanctioned poverty without enough toys or clothes; parents buckling under the strain of ment(...)

 United Nations secretary general   Ban Ki-moon  speaking in Dublin Castle on May 25th, 2015.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland must align its climate change policies to match its record on addressing world hunger, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said i(...)

A candlelight vigil in Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu,  to mark one month after the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th.  Photograph: Hemanta Shrestha/EPA

The international community’s response to devastating earthquakes in Nepal has been disappointing, a United Nations official said on Monday, adding th(...)

Indonesian health workers check on the condition of a Rohingya migrant, who arrived recently by boat, at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, in Indonesia’s Aceh Province on Monday. Malaysia’s police chief said  that 139 graves believed to contain the remains of migrants were found near the country’s border with Thailand, and that some graves contained more than one body. Photograph: Darren Whiteside/Reuters 1:14

Malaysia has uncovered 139 graves thought to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh scattered around more than two dozen suspect(...)

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(...)

President Michael D Higgins says public cultural spaces are an important aspect of citizenship. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has appealed for recognition of the “cultural space” to facilitate true social inclusion.He said a contraction in the role(...)

Panti raises her arms with supporters for same-sex marriage at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

Tributes and expressions of pride continued to come from political figures in the United States on Saturday in response to Ireland’s unprecedented pop(...)

Mohammad Rafique with his wife, Rafika Begum, three-year-old Waheeda and seven-year-old Jamalida. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

In a three-bedroom terraced house in Carlow town Mohammad Rafique is talking about his father. His father lives in the teeming Rohingya refugee camps,(...)

Unidentified men carry the body of an Ukrainian serviceman who reportedly was killed in fighting at the Donetsk International Airport, during an exhumation of bodies of Ukrainian servicemen which was organized by the OSCE and Red Cross at the destroyed Donetsk International Airport. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Amnesty International has accused government and rebel forces in Ukraine of torturing prisoners and claims the militants have executed detainees, as (...)

A boy begging in an alleyway off Dawson Street in Dublin. The State must address delays in the provision of social housing and ensure emergency housing “is appropriate to children’s needs”, says the Ombudsman for Children’s report. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government is tolerating “unacceptable” levels of child poverty, standing over discrimination in schools and failing to protect children from viol(...)