The escalation in fighting since the start of this year has resulted in heavy casualties

Over 6,000 die in Ukraine conflict - UN

11.12 The estimated number of people killed in eastern Ukraine since the start of the conflict in April last year has surpassed 6,000 for the first time, the United Nations rights office said today.

Frances Fitzgerald has appealed for 'anyone who can help bring an end to this suffering to do so'

Govt remains 'committed' to locating Disappeared

08.14 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said the Government remains strongly committed to locating the remains of those who were killed by republican paramilitaries and secretly buried during The Troubles.

The murder of Boris Nemtsov has caused mass protest in central Moscow

Thousands march to honour murdered politician

01 Mar Tens of thousands of Russians marched through central Moscow today, carrying banners declaring "I am not afraid" and chanting "Russia without Putin" in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.

RTÉ last month revealed that the administration of the conservation grant would lead to additional costs

No extra funds to administer water grant

01 Mar The Government will not be providing any extra resources to cover the administrative cost of the controversial €100 Water Conservation Grant, despite an insistence from Tánaiste Joan Burton's department that it could not perform the extra work from existing funds.

James Reilly has said he will seek legal advice over the blockage of certain firms from working in his department

Plan to penalise firms backing big tobacco queried

01 Mar Former attorney general Michael McDowell has said he thinks it would be unlawful for the Government to seek to impose blanket bans on legal firms who act for big tobacco from tendering for legal services advertised by the State.

The International Airlines Group is seeking a takeover of Aer Lingus

Labour backs motion rejecting IAG's Aer Lingus bid

01 Mar The Labour Party has overwhelmingly passed a motion calling on the Government to reject a bid by the International Airlines Group for shares in Aer Lingus if concerns about the sale are not addressed.

UNICEF estimates there are at least 12,000 children used by both sides in South Sudan's ongoing civil war

Hundreds of boys feared kidnapped in South Sudan

01 Mar The UN children's agency said this morning it fears hundreds of boys were kidnapped last month in the northeast of South Sudan, raising suspicions that the abductors were from a pro-government militia.

Greek euro coins at an art exhibition in Germany

German finance minister says Greece needs time

01 Mar German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said today that Greece's government needs "a bit of time" but is committed to implementing necessary reforms to resolve its debt crisis.

Joan Burton addressed the national conference in Killarney tonight

Burton defends Labour's record in government

28 Feb Labour leader Joan Burton has defended the party's record in Government and appealed to voters to give her party a second term in government to build "a decade of opportunity".

A group of European ambassadors and officials visit the site of the killing of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow

Putin promises action after politician murdered

28 Feb Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to do everything possible to bring to justice those responsible for the "vile" murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov in a drive-by shooting near the Kremlin.