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Opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela Juan Guaidó said the opposition-controlled national assembly would organise freedom committees in every street to mobilise supporters to descend on the Miraflores palace in Caracas. Photograph: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty

Launching a nationwide tour as part of a “new phase” of what he terms Operation Freedom, Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó called on Saturday (...)

Dublin placed 32nd in Mercer’s safety ranking. Photograph: iStock

Dublin ranked in 33rd place, ahead of London, Paris and Madrid, in a quality of living survey that took more than 230 cities into account. Human res(...)

Bobbie Hickey believes everyone and everything enters our lives to teach us a lesson and to make us think.

Is it that time again? Time to read what a blind girl has to say about the world? Yes, it is. A weekly column by writers with a disability.(...)

Mick Ryan: lived on Popes Quay in Cork city centre with his wife, Naoise, and two young children

The family of Irish engineer Michael Ryan, who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday, had been planning to go to Rome next week to celebrate (...)

Ireland’s muted celebrations after  Conor Murray secured a bonus point against Italy. The body language of the Irish team in Rome was telling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England remain the only northern hemisphere country to have won the Rugby World Cup, and their 2003 success is therefore seen as something of a templa(...)

Holy See: between 60 and 70 per cent of seminarians are gay, according to Axel. Photograph: Tetra/Getty

Ydier and Axel are two seminarians whom I meet at the Mario Mieli cultural centre, in Rome. (Their names have been changed.)  “There are about 2(...)

The view from Liberty Hall of  traffic crossing the Liffey from Tara Street, in Dublin. File photograph: Getty Images

Morrill’s Corner in Portland is one of the Maine city’s busiest traffic junctions. Some 33,000 cars pass through it each day, and it doesn’t take much(...)

Some 2,250 children are waiting for specialist mental health treatment, according to the Children’s Rights Alliance. Photograph: iStock

More than 7,000 children with mental health concerns are on waiting lists for community and psychology supports, according to latest figures. These s(...)

On Sunday, Pope Francis called for the eradication of child sex abuse “from the face of the earth”, saying “behind this there is Satan.” Yet concrete measures he called for to combat it have amounted to relatively little. Photograph:  Handout/AFP/Getty Images

It was that other Pope, 18th century English poet Alexander Pope, who said: “words are like leaves; and where they most abound, much fruit of sense be(...)

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Vatican to conclude the summit of Catholic leaders  on preventing clerical sexual abuse and protecting children. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/Pool Photo via AP

Clerical child sexual abuse survivors in Ireland and abroad have reacted with disappointment to the four-day meeting at the Vatican on the protection (...)

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