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Liam Ó Muirthile  in Dún Laoghaire in 2007: “Liam lived life; his legacy is the inspiration to live ours.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

PHILIP KING Speaking about his 770km walk across the Pyrenees from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela, in the autumn of 2015, Liam Ó Mu(...)

Opposition supporters carry a cross and computer screen with the words “RIP voting machine” on it, during a rally. Photograph: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo have vowed to join forces to end President Joseph Kabila’s 17-year hold on power, accelerating (...)

 Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Photographs:  Lucas Jackson/Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Two leaders of the struggle against sexual violence in war have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, a choice that will hearten campaigners fighting for(...)

A woman looks at the sculpture of the “leopard man” at the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren in 2013, shortly before its closure for renovation and a reshaping of its narrative. It is due to reopen in December. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

When King Leopold in 1908 eventually handed over Congo, then the largest private estate ever acquired by a single man, to the Belgian state, the furna(...)

Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said: “As a society, we need to look at what we can do to help resolve outstanding issues that are associated with direct provision services in Ireland.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of children kept in “wholly unsuitable” conditions at direct provision centres across the country has risen by more than a third over the p(...)

At the giraffe sanctuary in Nairobi. Photograph: Fionn McCann

Ever been kissed by a giraffe? Well, I took the bit between my teeth so to speak at the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi, one of the city’s premier tourist d(...)

 Miriam Kasztura  from Switzerland and Alice Leahy from Dublin, both centre, with  Dr Joan McCarthy of UCC and Dr Dolores Dooley, formerly with UCC’s philosophy department.

Homelessness campaigner Alice Leahy has received an international human rights award for her work over four decades in assisting the homeless and roug(...)

Mabella Market in Freetown, Sierra Leone: Many Sierra Leoneans put themselves at great risk – and often paid with their lives – to treat the sick, clean hospital wards, bury the dead and mobilise a public response. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In early 2015, as the Ebola epidemic that had killed almost 4,000 people in Sierra Leone was finally coming under control, Sinead Walsh, then Irish am(...)

Cameroon’s president,  Paul Biya, who has held on to power for 36 years. Photograph: Lintao Zhang  via Reuters

When the American ambassador took up his post in Cameroon late last year, he stepped into an increasingly troubled nation, locked in battle against Is(...)

When I googled “how to pack your bag” last week I got 449 million results, more than “how to end poverty” and “how to cure cancer” combined

The other day I caught up with a well-travelled American friend who had outdone himself this year by managing to see penguins in Antarctica, gorillas (...)

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