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(...)

Eavan Boland reading  a  poem  commissioned by the Royal Irish Academy and Ireland’s permanent mission to the United Nations to mark the centenary.

Women still do not enjoy full suffrage around the world despite huge advances in female voting rights over the last century, Minister for Children Kat(...)

Winning ways: Emmanuel Macron at his victory rally in Paris after being elected president, in May 2017. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

President Emmanuel Macron likes to convince people. In manner and method, he is unlike his predecessors. Nicolas Sarkozy cajoled and bullied. François(...)

British prime minister Theresa May at the Élysée Palace in Paris with French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

Receiving British prime minister Theresa May at the Élysée Palace in Paris on June 13th, French president Emmanuel Macron twice emphasised that he wan(...)

IDA chief Martin Shanahan said “Ireland does not do tax deals. We have never done tax deals.” Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

Chief executive of the Investment and Development Agency (IDA) Martin Shanahan spends much of his time abroad, persuading foreigners to invest in Irel(...)

 Prof Louise Richardson: “The best source of good intelligence against the bad guys operating in our midst are the communities in which they operate.”  Photograph:  Alan Richardson/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit is a major concern for Prof Louise Richardson, the first woman vice-chancellor in the 900-year history of the University of Oxford. On a vis(...)

 Republic of Ireland supporter Jamie Monaghan, from Togher, Co Louth, and Northern Ireland supporter Jim Spratt who were selected to accept the prestigious ‘Médaille de la Ville de Paris’ from the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, which has been awarded to Irish fans for their ‘exemplary behaviour’ at Euro 2016. Photograph:  Gwendoline le Goff/Uefa via Sportsfile.

The fan zone under the Eiffel Tower was tumultuous in the hour before the semi-final between France and Germany. Within the relative calm of the Pa(...)

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo next to the Euro 2016 trophy in Paris. Photograph: Frederic Stevens/Getty Images

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, will award the city’s Grand Vermeil medal to Irish football fans, north and south, in the fan zone under the Eiffel (...)

Members of the cast: The Abbey Theatre performs iconic Frank McGuinness play at the Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval (Northern France) as part of the official centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme. Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme is on tour in Northern Ireland in July before arriving at the Abbey Theatre in August.

In the 30 years since he wrote Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Frank McGuinness’s play has become a classic of 20th century Iri(...)

People pass a security check at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris yesterday, where the French Open is being played. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

When he unveiled security arrangements for the Euro 2016 games at a press conference yesterday, French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he hop(...)

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