President Michael D Higgins arrives for a press conference at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Lima, Peru  on Friday. Photograph: AFP

President Michael D Higgins said he hoped a shared celebration of Roger Casement’s contribution to human rights would become a basis for renewed relat(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s response to the pressure to cancel the St Patrick’s Day event in the White House was swift and decisive. Photograph: Alan Betson

US president Donald Trump’s immigration ban may have created a headache for Enda Kenny but it also rescued the Taoiseach from an embarrassing politica(...)

Micheál Martin suggests dinner date with Simon Coveney to raise money for Marymount Hospice.

All this talk of building walls and restoring barriers and pulling up drawbridges is very unsettling. Why can’t we all just get along? Like they d(...)

President Michael D Higgins signs a book of condolence for former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro at the Cuban Embassy in Dublin last November with his wife Sabina. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Models of economic growth developed in Latin America provide a valuable alternative to “neoliberal” policies, President Michael D Higgins said Thursda(...)

Furuzamani Beach, Zamami Island, Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Japan
52 Places to Go in 2017
  • Travel
  • January 11, 2017, 12:30

1. Canada: A world to explore. Canada has cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between. Canada is huge — the s(...)

Military police  outside Puraquequara prison in Manaus after  prisoners were relocated following a deadly revolt earlier this week. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

At least 33 inmates were killed in a prison riot in Brazil on Friday, officials said, possibly in retaliation after members of a powerful drug gang we(...)

Former presidents Cristina Kirchner of Argentina and Dilma Rousseff of Brazil at the Portugal House in São Paulo. Photograph: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

While this year saw one populist tide sweep in on the democracies of Europe and North America, another was in retreat in South America. In contrast (...)

 “The house would now now be devoid of four-legged life, except that, in a not unrelated development, at least one mouse has moved in recently”

For the first time in 17 years, it looks like Santa Claus may not be coming down our chimney this Christmas. There is still some doubt about the ma(...)

General Pinochet came to power by a military coup aided by the CIA. The workers resistance is violently and brutally crushed. The price paid by the Chilean working class was terrible. 50, 000 workers are murdered, 100,000 disappear and many are forced to take up exile. Photograph:  Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

Just before 10am on New Year’s Eve 1986, armed men arrived at the office of a small organisation for the resettlement of migrants, in Santiago, Chile(...)

Gucci Mane has spent 2016 making up for lost time. The third release in 2016 from the Atlanta rapper, who was released from prison in May after servin(...)