At the awards in Paris: Irish Ambassador Patricia O’Brien; Peter Lunden-Welden, CEO of Transdev Ireland; John Mullins, CEO of Amarenco; Minister of State for European Affairs  Helen McEntee; Joël Depernet, SVP Global R&D Axway; and French ambassador Stéphane  Crouzat.

Amarenco, the John Mullins-led solar energy company, was on Thursday named Best Irish Company in France at the 2017 Ireland France Business Awards in (...)

Irish diplomat Rory Montgomery: “We have to make the best of it. There will be positives as well. We now realise as a country that we have to do more, more quickly, of what we should do anyway.” Photograph: Conor McCabe

Brexit is the greatest economic challenge faced by Ireland in the past 50 years, Anne Lanigan, the head of the Brexit unit in Enterprise Ireland told (...)

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It was evident from the two days that covered the Olympic Council of Ireland’s engagement with an Oireachtas committee last week that the OCI board me(...)

 A wreath in honour of former residents of the Magdalene laundries at the gates of the Dáil in 2014. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The United Nations has sharply criticised the State’s approach to alleged abuse in Magdalene laundries and its claims that there was no basis to belie(...)

Ireland’s ambassador in London, Dan Mulhall, is to become ambassador to the US. Photograph: Malcolm McNally

Ireland’s ambassador in London, Dan Mulhall, is to become ambassador to the United States as part of a rotation in the senior ranks at the Department (...)

A Department of Justice executive committed to a review of legislation criminalising the purchase of sex to assess its impact on the  rights of sex workers. Photograph: Getty Images

A Government delegation to the United Nations has been criticised as “vague and unhelpful” in its responses to questions about abortion. Ireland was(...)

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission: she said the commission “remains concerned that the current legal position in relation to abortion puts in place barriers which impede a woman’s right to bodily autonomy.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government’s rejection of 16 recommendations from the United Nations on women’s reproductive rights was raised at a session of the UN’s Human Righ(...)

Collaboration and empathy: Geraldine Byrne Nason, Samantha Power, Sonya Hyland, Patricia O’Brien and Barbara Jones

Samantha Power US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, was born in London to Irish parents and(...)

President Michael D Higgins’s  keynote address will open the 10th debt management meeting of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), being held in Geneva  until Wednesday. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

President Michael D Higgins is to deliver the opening address this morning at a United Nations conference on debt and sustainable development issues i(...)

Minister for State for Foreign Affairs Seán Sherlock. Mr Sherlock  is leading the Government delegation to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Despite austerity and fiscal constraint, the Irish State has international legal obligations to protect core economic and social rights, a Governmen(...)

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