Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan stands under pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during his visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem last Wednesday. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters.

Charlie Flanagan paid his first visit to the Middle East as Minister for Foreign Affairs this week when he visited Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. On (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan lays a wreath during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.  Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

The opportunity to re-start the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians could be lost for a generation if it is not grasped soon, Minister f(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has announced that the Government is to provide €4.7 million in funding to UN agencies working with Palestinian refugees. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The Government has pledged funding of €4.7 million for UN agencies working with Palestinian refugees. The announcement was made in Gaza on Monday by M(...)

Trinity College Dublin: seeking an injunction against Trinity English School, which is located adjacent to its campus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Trinity College Dublin has initiated a High Court action against a Dublin English-language school for using the word “Trinity” in its brand name. The (...)

Women were seriously underrepresented in the more senior ranks at the Department of Foreign Affairs, where they made up 27 per cent of counsellors and 8 per cent of assistant secretary and higher grades. File photograph: Getty Images

More than a third of staff at the Department of Foreign Affairs say they have experienced a gender equality-related problem at work, according to a su(...)

Welcoming the referendum on same-sex marriage, which is due to take place in May, the Human Rights and Equality Commission said it was “an important step” towards full protection for the family life for all couples, irrespective of their gender. File photograph: Marvin Gentry/Reuters

Opening civil marriage to same-sex couples is “a matter of equality and human rights”, the State’s human rights watchdog has said. Welcoming the refer(...)

 Scales of Justice: in refusing the make the budget cuts the DPP said she was “not in a position to decide not to prosecute a class of crime, or crimes in a particular area of the State, in order to make the saving sought.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) told the Government it could not take part in last year’s expenditure review as the mooted bud(...)

The Chief Justice Susan Denham  pictured  with Dr Geert Corstens

The Chief Justice Susan Denham has assumed the office of president of the Network of the Presidents of Supreme Courts of the Member States of the Euro(...)

Advocates argue that a different set of factual circumstances – namely, those of a fatal foetal abnormality – could also legally justify a termination given that the “unborn” will not live.

Does the Constitution allow for the termination of pregnancy where a foetus has no viable prospect of life outside the womb? Independent TD Clare Daly(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett: may have been relying on Standing Orders to rule out Dáil debate on Garda malpractice. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Sub judice, meaning “under judicial consideration”, is a conversation-stopper. At times its deployment in political debate is a convenient way to shut(...)