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At a meeting and dinner with Cuban president Raúl Castro,   Mr Higgins  brought up the issue  of human rights in Cuba in a clear but polite manner. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins met Cuban activists and independent journalists on Saturday, moving onto diplomatically sensitive terrain on the final da(...)

President Higgins visiting Pedro Kouri Institute for Tropical Medicine  in  Havana  on the third day of his State visit. “As Cuba is enabled to reopen onto the world at this juncture of a new era, can we imagine new relations between freedom and justice?” Photograph: Maxwell’s

Societies must respond to the current “point of crisis” by finding new political and economic models that can offer people freedom and justice, Presid(...)

President Michael D Higgins(left)  greets author Joseph O’Connor in Havana as part of a three-day State visit to Cuba. Photograph: Maxwells

James Joyce was the last Irish author to have a novel published in Cuba. On Thursday, in a crowded auditorium at the Havana Book Fair, flanked by a (...)

  Michael D  Higgins and Raul Castro had a ‘warm, long and comprehensive’ discussion on the first day of his three day visit. Photograph: Adalberto Roquedal/AFP/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins held three hours of talks with his Cuban counterpart Raúl Castro on the opening day of his state visit to Cuba. The discu(...)

Colombian deputy foreign minister Patti Londoño welcomes Michael D Higgins to Bogota where he spoke about the peace process.

President Michael D Higgins has visited a camp where the Colombian rebel army known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) are demobilis(...)

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(...)

Family adventure holidays The big trend for family holidays in 2017 is adventure and activity-based breaks, including camping, cycling and theme-p(...)

  Browne at his home in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Thirty years ago, the autobiography of a complex and controversial Irish politician was published – to acclaim in some quarters and horror in others. (...)

A Cuban man gives another a haircut outside a Caritas centre housing migrants in Panama City. Photograph: Sally Hayden

In another country he’d be a pensioner, but grey-haired José is dreaming of a new life. Small and rotund, with baggy trousers and a stained shirt, he(...)

A militry convoy transports the remains of former Cuban president Fidel Castro from Revolution Plaza to the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia where he will be buried. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Fidel Castro’s ashes were laid to rest on Sunday, capping nine days of official mourning. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans said farewell to the late (...)

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