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Lord Empey wants  the British government to  use its veto on the UN Security Council to gain commitments about compensation before it would agree to the unfreezing of the Libyan assets in England.

Any attempt by the British government to use frozen Libyan assets in England to compensate IRA victims of weapons and explosives smuggled into Norther(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan speaks to the crowd outside Leinster House during a demonstration demanding action to tackle climate change. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Climate change is “a challenge unlike any other” facing the world because it is happening much quicker than anticipated, a protest rally outside Leins(...)

A Syrian rebel fighter from the National Liberation Front. Photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP/Getty Images

The agreement reached by Russia and Turkey for the creation of a demilitarised buffer zone surrounding the Syrian province of Idlib appeared to falter(...)

Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto shakes hands with UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt:  Hungary is a strong supporter of Israel and defends the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Photograph: Jack Taylor/PA

An attempt by Hungary to get the EU to cut funding to NGOs that are hostile to Israel – specifically those supporting boycott and divestment (BDS) cam(...)

 US president Donald Trump  with defence secretary Gen Jim Mattis in 2016. File photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

US president Donald Trump suspects his defence secretary, Gen Jim Mattis, “could be” heading for the exit. Mr Trump was responding to a specific ques(...)

Laughing all the way to the apocalypse: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Denis Naughten, who resigned as minister for climate action this week. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Without a co-ordinated global response, unprecedented in history, in as little as 12 years “several hundred million” lives will be immediately threate(...)

Jared Kushner stands among Saudi officials as President Donald Trump talks with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in March. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

It started as a good week for Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. On Tuesday outgoing US ambassador to the United Nations Nik(...)

Mr Justice John Hedigan  presided over the long running unsuccessful civil jury action for damages by Ian Bailey.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Attorney General has paid tribute to Mr Justice John Hedigan, who has retired as a judge of the Court of Appeal, for his many years of “dedicated (...)

 President Michael D Higgins: said it would be a good idea to bring out an annual report on  Arás spending.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has criticised the “dark media” of social media discourse for “untruths” in relation to his presidency. Mr Higgins told N(...)

#GirlsTakeover: Plan International Ireland volunteers will be at Áras an Uachtaráin today. Photograph: Frank Miller

Today is Day of the Girl – and it’s nothing to do with Father Ted’s lovely girls, or with calling grown women by diminutives. Let us hear none of the (...)

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