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Former president Mary Robinson was speaking at the remote Global Ireland 2020 conference. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland needs to approach climate diplomacy on the global stage “with a deep sense of humility”, given its past failures to address the consequences o(...)

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic leaves Europe House in London after an emergency Brexit meeting.  Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

The European Union has threatened to take legal action against Britain if it does not reverse a controversial plan that would tear up Brexit-related g(...)

Lives Lost: Majorie Ryan Harvey

This article is one of a series about people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland and among the diaspora. Read more at irishtimes.com/covid-19-li(...)

Irish fans  in the stands of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa for the World Cup round of 16 game against Romania in 1990. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This summer will go down as the strangest that Ireland has ever experienced- except for those hallucinogenic few weeks that were Italia 90. Thirty yea(...)

 Geraldine Byrne-Nason: “There we were, the Norwegian ambassador, myself and the Canadian foreign minister, standing outside the building as countries entered to vote”

Geraldine Byrne-Nason stood outside the United Nations building in Manhattan in New York as ambassadors arrived to decide on the 10 countries that wou(...)

Bono said the band has “always been there to be used to promote all things Irish.” Photograph:  Emmanuel Dunand / AFP

It is hard to fathom that a singsong with overseas guests in a Co Cork seaside village could have helped Ireland’s election to a United Nations Securi(...)

Ireland’s gifted Paul McGrath – The Black Pearl of Inchicore – salutes fans at the World Cup homecoming in Dublin on  July 1st, 1990. File photograph: Inpho

Discussing soccer with historian Prof Ronan Fanning is not something I had ever contemplated. But there I found myself, outside the old UCD bar as we (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone

When Ireland first announced its candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2021-22 term, Bertie Ahern was taoiseach, George (...)

Former US ambassador to the Republic Jean Kennedy Smith pictured in 2014. File photograph: Ron Sachs/EPA

Jean Kennedy Smith, a sister of the Kennedy clan who as the US ambassador to the Republic in the 1990s helped pave the way for a formal agreement to e(...)

From left; Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and  Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney,   react as it was confirmed that Ireland had secured a seat on the  United Nations Security Council. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Why is winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council a big deal? The 15-member UN Security Council is the most powerful body in the UN system(...)

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