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Fiona Ryan  of the Sonas domestic violence charity at the scene of the fire: “We are scrupulous about protecting our clients’ privacy, in life and in death.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brigid and Annmarie O’Brien were ‘inseparable’, and “they lived for their children”, a cousin of their families has said. Jim O’Brien, chairman of (...)

Israel’s parliament has passed a law barring entry of foreigners who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s parliament has passed a controversial law barring entry of foreigners who call for a boycott of Israel, including activists who limit their p(...)

Ireland’s ambassador in London, Dan Mulhall, is to become ambassador to the US. Photograph: Malcolm McNally

Ireland’s ambassador in London, Dan Mulhall, is to become ambassador to the United States as part of a rotation in the senior ranks at the Department (...)

Madonna sits with her biological and adopted children (left to right): David Banda, Lourdes, Mercy James, and Rocco at Mkoko Primary School in the region of Kasungu, central Malawi. File photograph from April, 2013: Amos Gumulira/AFP/Getty Images

Malawi’s High Court on Tuesday granted Madonna permission to adopt twins from the Southern African country, a judiciary spokesman said. The American (...)

 Heather Maseko: “Whole districts were covered in water and livestock, food and houses washed away.” Photograph: Eric Luke

It is often said that climate change is hitting the world’s poorest countries hardest and that those who have contributed the least to its causes are(...)

Spiced duck with figs. Photographs: Donal Skehan

We live in a world of constantly changing circumstances. I plan the recipes for this column in advance, choosing dishes that will fit around particul(...)

Samantha, a young asylum seeker, lives in the direct provision system. She was accepted to study in Maynooth but cannot afford the fees. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

You’ve fled war and poverty. You’ve taken your children across the sea on a rickety boat and hoped to survive. After many sleepless, hungry distressed(...)

Many travel companies now specialise in arranging holidays that will cater for people with disabilities. Photograph: iStockphoto

Organising a holiday can be stressful enough without factoring in the many problems you might encounter while travelling with a disability. Whether yo(...)

Ryan Moore on Caravaggio: his clash  with Psychedelic Funk in the Coventry Stakes is eagerly anticipated by many race fans. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ger Lyons reckons he has “two good bullets to fire” when he targets a potentially perfect Royal Ascot start on Tuesday. If Endless Drama has a Group (...)

Ruby Walsh  on Un de Sceaux: Ireland’s top-rated two-mile chaser reverted to smaller obstacles in style last month to win  the Prix La Barka. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Un De Sceaux leads a triple assault by Willie Mullins on the French Champion Hurdle in Auteuil on Sunday. The horse is also facing into the challen(...)

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