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The Corrib Gas field is due to run out in 2025. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Republic this week joined Belize, Costa Rica, France and New Zealand in banning oil exploration. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the United Nations th(...)

President Michael D Higgins delivers his address at  New York University on Tuesday. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President Michael D Higgins has urged the United States to revisit its decision to leave the Paris climate change agreement, as he argued that climate(...)

International Criminal Court in The Hague: appeal is latest skirmish since the White House revoked the US travel visa for the court’s prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. Photograph:  Ant Palmer/Getty

In an unprecedented appeal, the global network which supports the International Criminal Court (ICC) has described the Trump administration as “except(...)

Official Secrets: Keira Knightley plays Katharine Gun in the new film. Photograph: Classified Films Ltd

Have you ever wondered who’d play you in a film? I had, occasionally, until the day I got the answer. In spring 2018, a message pinged on to my phone (...)

In 2018 global carbon dioxide emissions grew 2 per cent, reaching a record high. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

All new revenues raised by new or increased carbon taxes in Ireland will be ringfenced to pay for coping with climate action and helping the poor to d(...)

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(...)

Too late? A protester on a rally against climate change inaction in Manhattan, on Friday. Photograph: Brittainy Newman/ New York Times

The scale of climate protests globally has heaped much additional pressure on global leaders meeting in New York this weekend to make more meaningful (...)

Deputy secretary general of Nato Rose Gottemoeller with Maurice Quinn, secretary general at the Department of Defence, and Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett, chief of staff of the Defence Forces. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Foreign fighters and so-called Isis brides should face the full but fair rigours of the law when seeking to return to their countries of origin, the d(...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo leaving the US to travel to Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Getty Images

Oil prices retreated about 2 per cent on Wednesday, extending the previous day’s declines after Saudi Arabia said it would quickly restore full produc(...)

President Michael D Higgins said he had “heard and read with anxiety of the distress that is being experienced by some of those who are giving their all to serve the State”. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

President Michael D Higgins felt compelled last week to intervene in the dispute over pay at the Defence Forces. He insisted it “should not be too muc(...)

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