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Goal chief executive Barry Andrews: “We work in very difficult environments and I think most of our funders understand that that is the situation.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The aid agency Goal has sought to allay concerns about its governance after it emerged that the Department of Foreign Affairs had withheld almost €3 (...)

Almost 1,900 off-campus student accommodation places are due for completion in Dublin city centre by the start of the 2017 academic year. Photograph: Alan Betson

1. Goal funds withheld pending US inquiry into alleged fraud The Department of Foreign Affairs withheld millions of euro in funding from the aid agen(...)

A Goal emergency response team at work in Nepal. The Department of Foreign Affairs has withheld millions of euro in funding from the aid agency pending a US government inquiry. Photograph: Goalglobal.org

The Department of Foreign Affairs withheld millions of euro in funding from the aid agency Goal pending a US government inquiry into alleged fraud re(...)

Workers move sacks of emergency food supplies in and out of Ethiopia’s largest ‘strategic grain reserve’ depot in Adama, on February 13, 2016. Ethiopia is in the grip of an El Nino drought with 10.2 million people - 10 per cent of the population - needing food aid. (Photo credit  COLIN COSIER/AFP/Getty Images)

I met men, women and children who were hungry and malnourished on my recent trip to the drought stricken Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. It was sh(...)

A homeless person sheltering at the GPO in Dublin. In 2014, staff costs at the four main Dublin homeless agencies absorbed all funds allocated to them by the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The charities sector in Ireland is a pretty crowded space. There is also lots of duplication, which means it is quite territorial. It can make for i(...)

Ngisti Beyane (26) and her 10-month-old son Biniam Tesfay after walking 8km to the Concern-supported nutrition programme and screening clinic at Sasie Tseda Emba near Kebele in eastern Tigray, Ethiopia. Photograph: Ed Carty/PA Wire

From a dirt road overlooking the valley the landscape looks more like an abandoned quarry than what it is: the single source of sustenance for a commu(...)

A woman from the remote Turkana tribe in Northern Kenya carries water from a well. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 subsidiary targets agreed last September by the 193 member states of the United Nations are a rema(...)

UN special envoy for El Niño and climate change Mary Robinson meeting Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros A Ghebreyesus during her visit to Ethiopia. Photograph: PA

Former president Mary Robinson has urged world leaders to turn their focus to the severe drought, brought about by shifting weather patterns, that has(...)

UN special envoy for climate change Mary Robinson will meet representatives of the Ethiopian government and visit areas affected by El Niño. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former president Mary Robinson will travel to Ethiopia with Ireland’s largest aid agencies this week to witness the international response to the coun(...)

Members of the Sligo Energy Team pictured at AbbVie’s Manorhamilton Road facility. AbbVie’s target for the next level of its health and safety plan is zero incidents, environmental spills or accidental environmental releases, says Michael Tuohy

While the name AbbVie may have been around only since 2013, the global biopharmaceutical giant draws on a heritage going back some 125 years. Its hist(...)

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