Murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (left) and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: Ireland’s silence in the face of state violence may begin to sound uncomfortably like tolerance.  Photographs: Mohammed al-Shaikh and Oscar del Pozo

In a ranking of coveted electoral endorsements, a public nod of approval from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would, under any circumstances, place fairly(...)

Ireland is competing with Norway and Canada for two of the rotating seats on the 15-member UN Security Council. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

All eyes will turn to New York next week as world leaders descend on the city for the United Nations General Assembly. This year the focus is on clim(...)

 Independent Alliance member and Minister for Tourism Shane Ross said a ‘compromise was reached’ over how Ministers are notified over UN votes. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Cabinet will be notified of controversial United Nations votes in advance in future following a “very direct” exchange of views over Saudi Arabia toda(...)

“I raised the issue of human rights with the Saudi Arabian authorities.” Photograph: The Irish Times

The Government has sought to play down criticism over Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s remarks about raising the issue of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. Spea(...)

Saudi women walk past a jewelry shop at Tiba market in Riyadh, on October 3, 2016. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has moved to clarify a claim he made Thursday that he had raised the issue of women’s rights during a trade mission to Saudi Arab(...)

Research shows that as mothers delay having children they are keen on having the best of both worlds: work and motherhood. It does not have to be one or the other

Childcare provision has been on the agenda since the report of the Second Commission on the Status of Women (1993). The Equal Opportunities Childcare (...)

Egyptian women on the streets in Port Said. Groups claim women have been attacked while on demonstrations in order to discourage them from taking part. Photograph: Ed Giles/Getty Images

Muslim Brotherhood has held up finalisation and promulgation of a UN document dealing with violence against women, claiming it violates (...)