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Mary  Robinson said she sympathised with Americans who had lost their jobs in polluting industries such as coal. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

This year is set to be the hottest year ever recorded globally, beating 2015’s record temperatures, the World Meteorological Organisation has said. G(...)

Packing it in: The decision to return was the easy part. “It was followed by long negotiations with employers, sad conversations with friends. Late-night emails to shipping companies. Frantic searches for  baptismal certs.”

Some people – smart people, sensible people – spends months, even years, planning their return home. They pack carefully labelled boxes. They have gro(...)

Governor Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, is named after his Sligo grandfather Richard Michael Cawley, a Chicago bus driver, with whom he was “especially close”. Photograph: Mark Makela/The New York Times

One Capitol Hill staffer recalls a question asked at a table quiz in Washington a few years ago: who is the only member of Congress to have cut turf i(...)

Rosanna Cooney: Without friends or the lure of the city, I changed. I woke up daily for sunrise

It has been one year since I was attacked, beaten and abused by a man in the Spanish city of Granada. In the aftermath of that attack I wrote an arti(...)

Heading into a hostel for a coffee doesn’t feel like the most natural thing to do in your hometown, but a good cup of coffee is always worth seeking o(...)

Palm trees buckle under rain and strong winds as Hurricane Earl approaches, in Beilize City, Belize, August 3rd, 2016. Photograph:  Henry Romero/Reuters

Tropical storm Earl whipped Belize with wind and heavy rain as it weakened, moving into Guatemala toward southeastern Mexico on Thursday after hundred(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and running mate US senator Tim Kaine arrive for a campaign rally at Florida International University in Miami on Saturday. Photograph:   Gaston De Cardenas/AFP/Getty Images

“Fe, familia y trabajo” was how Tim Kaine defined his life and public service around faith, family and work at his first campaign event as Hillary Cli(...)

M&S LARGE KING PRAWNS €6.30 for 140g, €45 per kg M&S is famous for its prawns; for years the retailer has produced consistently excellent pr(...)

Expedition Honduras: a member of the Irish team at Cusuco National Park

Tropical regions have been subject to western scientific observation since European naturalists began journeying there at the beginning of the 19th c(...)

UN special envoy for El Niño and climate change Mary Robinson meeting Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros A Ghebreyesus during her visit to Ethiopia. Photograph: PA

Former president Mary Robinson has urged world leaders to turn their focus to the severe drought, brought about by shifting weather patterns, that has(...)

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