The search for a truce

To have any prospect of success the parties to peace talks must, above all, want to make peace. Tragically, it appears, neither Hamas nor Israel appea(...)

The move sparked fury from the Opposition and criticism of newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

On Thursday the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) published its long-awaited observations on Ireland’s human rights record, but the countr(...)

The UN Human Rights Council special session held in Geneva yesterday to discuss the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Ireland yesterday joined other European Union countries in abstaining from a United Nations resolution setting up a commission of inquiry into Gaza, c(...)

Ireland has condemned the firing of missiles by Hamas and the ‘very high and unacceptable’ levels of civilian casualties by Israel at the an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights council in Geneva today. Photograph: EPA/Martial Trezzini

Ireland has condemned the firing of missiles by Hamas and the “very high and unacceptable” levels of civilian casualties by Israeli military attacks a(...)

 Minister of State for Housing Jan O’Sullivan, with  Patricia O’Brien,  who will move into one of the new housing units   at  Glasnevin, Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There was rare praise for the banking sector yesterday as a charity unveiled what it called a “new model” for funding social h(...)

Eamon Gilmore made the announcement at the 13th annual NGO Forum on Human Rights, which is taking in Dublin Castle today.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has initiated a complete review of Ireland’s foreign policy and external relations - the first such audit t(...)

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