Hans Zomer

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Bono at Leopardstown Races, who features in the 20-year-old interviews. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A series of documentaries based on 20-year-old interviews with President Michael D Higgins, Bono and Gabriel Byrne were dropped from RTÉ Radio 1’s sch(...)

Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

It was a Friday afternoon, two days before Michael D Higgins’s visit to France in February 2013. At Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin, and the Irish Em(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan. File  photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is to spend an extra €40 million on overseas aid next year, according to today’s budget, bringing the total spend for development assis(...)

A survey has found that the vast majority of Irish people believe the State should continue to invest in overseas aid in the developing world, even during a recession.  Photograph: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

The vast majority of Irish people believe the State should continue to invest in overseas aid in the developing world, even during an economic downtur(...)

Candles for the victims of Germanwings Airbus fight sit on a table during a church service at the altar at the cathedral Notre Dame du Bourg  in Digne-les-Bains, France. Photgraph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Media coverage of the Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz, who flew 149 people and himself into a mountainside in the French Alps last Tuesday, has been (...)

Hans Zomer (above) director of Dóchas, said all charitable organisations had a duty to adhere to “the highest possible standards”.

The umbrella group for Ireland’s leading aid agencies has said it would be concerned if uncertainty caused by the resignations of three senior manage(...)

Director of Dóchas Hans Zomer  encouraged people to use GoodCharity.ie  to support charities that operate transparently. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A new website aims to increase transparency in the charity sector by providing information to help members of the public evaluate charities before the(...)

“It is vital that swift action is taken to address the issues in the sector,”  says Maura Quinn, chief executive of the Institute of Directors. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Board members of charities and not-for-profit groups want greater oversight and accountability in the sector, new research has found.The Institute of (...)

Seeking a way out of the city, residents of Tacloban, Philippines, some injured, gather at the wreckage of the local airport. Photograph: Jes Aznar/The New York Times

Irish charities have renewed appeals for relief aid as new storms threaten to hamper rescue efforts in the Philippines. Plan Ireland chief exec(...)

 Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Joe Costello File Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Department of Foreign Affairs funding for overseas development assistance will be cut by €14.1 million this year, the sixth successive year that fundi(...)

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