Russian ambassador Yury Filatov with  the media in the Russian embassy on Friday  afternoon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney will receive a security briefing early next week, after which a decision on whet(...)

Kasem Hijazy, head of Goal’s operation in Syria, at the agency’s  Dún Laoghaire office. Children in besieged Ghouta “can differentiate between the sound of bombs and even Kalashnikovs”  but not types of fruit, he says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kasem Hijazy has a row of photographs hanging on the wall of his office of colleagues who have died in Syria’s war. Whenever he feels exhausted or fea(...)

Laura Colleran  and her family. “After four years in Galway we are still in a state of transition, paying ridiculously high prices for car insurance and little advancement up the property ladder”

“Cost of car insurance is gonna force us back to Australia”... “Getting social welfare was impossible”... “Work experience abroad disregarded”... “App(...)

Many car insurance difficulties experienced by returning emigrants relates to an absence of documentation on the part of people returning, according t(...)

The Department of Foreign Affairs has advised  any adult applicant renewing their passport to do so online. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The severe weather conditions caused by Storm Emma last week has impacted on the turnaround time for the issuing of Irish passports, the Department of(...)

Irish nationals living in Canada and select other countries are entitled to free Skype counselling sessions through Cabhrú. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Question I am a permanent resident in Canada. I have suffered some traumatic personal events in recent months. I am feeling depressed and stressed. I(...)

 Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney: the Government’s preference is for the customs issue to be dealt with under a new EU-UK trade deal.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The EU and UK must negotiate where customs checks would be conducted if the island of Ireland becomes “a common regulatory area” post-Brexit, Minister(...)

Internally displaced women walk to a food distribution in the early morning at the Protection of Civilian site (PoC) in Bentiu, South Sudan, earlier this month.  The site was established in January 2014, when 7,000 civilians entered the UN base to seek protection, shortly after the start of the South Sudanese civil war. The camp hosts over 20,000 households and the numbers keep rising every day. Photograph: Stefanie Glinski/AFP/Getty Images

Overseas aid is something of an anomaly in Irish policy-making. Expensive yet largely uncontroversial, it attracts positive reviews from across the wo(...)

From healthcare and human resources to construction, many workers have trouble getting their overseas qualifications recognised in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

As part of a consultation process for the Government’s first Global Irish Diaspora Policy, published in March 2015, “recognition of qualifications” wa(...)

Lea Taylor and Nicola Wright dressed in Suffragettes costume hold a mock protest on the Royal Mile on February 6th, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The Irish State “failed women for far too long,” Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan has said. Much of the idealism of the(...)

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