March for Climate Change: students on their way to Leinster House on March 15th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Political discourse in the State is mostly predictable but it can spring big surprises, sometimes from unexpected quarters. On March 15th, children a(...)

Ronan Scully with baby Yeabsira in Awaza in Ethiopia. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Ronan Scully is the business development representative for Gorta Self Help Africa. He is married to Jacqui O’Grady, and has two daughters – Mia (11) (...)

The TruTrade  platform is now being used in Uganda and Kenya, most recently to open up a direct European market for avocado farmers.

A cashless trading platform developed and operated by an Irish organisation is giving African farmers substantially better prices for their crops whil(...)

Mary Otieno from Nyabera village in western Kenya in her cassava plantation. She is among 28,000 small farmers who will benefit from the new Gorta-Self Help Africa  project in Kenya

Irish charity Gorta-Self Help Africa has won a €6.5 million contract to run an EU-backed food production project in Kenya. The new project focuses on (...)

Some 40 Irish people from the Stop Climate Chaos coalition (above) were allowed to continue to Paris after initially being stopped at Cherbourg on Thursday night.

Just as French foreign minister Laurent Fabius was explaining the agreement reached at the COP21 climate conference on Saturday, thousands of proteste(...)

Pat Smith’s severance package comprised an up-front payment of €1m followed by €100,000 annually for 10 years and is separate from his €2.7m pension pot. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former general secretary of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Pat Smith is threatening to sue the association if it fails to pay his €2 million sev(...)

Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Pat Smith is extremely saddened at the events of the past week, which has left many families hurt, especially the family of IFA where he spen(...)

Gorta Self Help chairman Tom Kitt: board decided to enter formal discussions. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Two Irish development agencies, Concern Worldwide and Gorta Self Help Africa, are in formal discussions about a merger. The boards of both agencies a(...)

Swimmers David Burns and Maghnus Collins leave Coliemore Harbour, Dalkey, on their attempt to swim 1600km around Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Stormy seas, rough weather and stinging jellyfish will be the main challenges confronting two swimmers who aim to become the first to circumnavigate t(...)

The 250km event, which saw entrants run a half marathon, cycle 175km, paddle 15km and climb 800 vertical metres up Muckish Mountain (above) before finishing with a full marathon through the night.

A county council worker who trains children in his spare time has won one of the toughest races on the planet.Endurance athlete Sean McFadden, from Le(...)

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