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Sr Maura O’Donoghue, a Medical Missionary of Mary from Kilfenora, in Co Clare

Reports last week Pope Francis said the Catholic Church has faced a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and even bishops, seem to ha(...)

Sierra Leone’s president Julius Maada Bio addresses the audience during an event in which he declared national emergency on rape and sexual violence on Thursday. Photograph: Coopers Inveen/Reuters

The brutal rape of a young girl by her uncle in Sierra Leone became the rallying point for a campaign that on Thursday pushed president Julius Maada B(...)

Some 371 Irish people were arrested abroad in 2018, up from 316 arrests in the whole of the previous year. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of Irish people arrested abroad last year rose by almost a fifth from 2017, according to final end-of-year figures released by the Departme(...)

A health worker prepares to administer Ebola vaccine, outside the house of a victim who died from Ebola in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: Olivia Acland/Reuters

An outbreak of Ebola in a volatile region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is now the second worst in history. At least 426 people have been i(...)

Children wait to receive food rations in Sana’a, Yemen. War-torn Yemen is one of six countries identified in a new report as having ‘alarming’ levels of hunger. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/ EPA

Hunger is a persistent threat to the lives of almost 70 million forcibly displaced people across the globe – the highest number since records began, a(...)

 Sibusisiwe (Busie) Mhlophe at the marina  in Cork city centre near where she runs with her club Togher AC. Photograph:  Clare Keogh

Each morning Sibusisiwe Mhlophe checks the notice board in the Kinsale Road direct provision centre where she’s living. She tries her best to hide her(...)

Delegates and guests to the first stand-alone International Congress of Parliamentary Women’s Caucuses, in the Upper Yard, Dublin Castle. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Emilia Tongi’s election to the Sierra Leone parliament this year was an unlikely victory given she is both an independent and a woman in a system clos(...)

 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(...)

If at first you don’t succeed, try another moniker. Blood Orange is the highly successful alias of Dev Hynes. His full name is Devonté Hynes, so he is(...)

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(...)

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