A migrant wrapped with her child in a thermal blanket waits for a train to Croatia at a train station in Presevo, Serbia, this week.  Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Fifty-nine Syrians and 139 Afghans were denied entry to the State by immigration officials last year. Figures released by Minister for Justice Franc(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Downing Street in London. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Government does not support the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Union “at any cost”, Minister for European Affairs Dara Murp(...)

 EU Council president Donald Tusk warned the bloc “no more than two months” to tackle the migration crisis or else face the collapse of the passport-free Schengen zone. Photograph:  Laurent Dubrule

The Government has said it will work to make the EU’s refugee relocation scheme a success, after it emerged that Ireland has been offered just 20 asyl(...)

Refugees use their sleeping blankets to keep warm as they walk along snow-covered fields near the Macedonian-Serbian border. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland has been asked to take in just 20 asylum seekers under a stuttering European Union scheme aimed at relocating 160,000 people from war-torn sta(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘Whoever kills Schengen carries the internal market to its grave.’ Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

EU member states’ failure to deliver solutions to the migration crisis will have “enormous economic consequences” for the bloc, European Commission pr(...)

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees  approved by Cabinet.

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees who have been approved by the Cabinet. Breandán Ó Caoll(...)

 Front Line Defenders executive director, Mary Lawlor  at the launch of ‘Stop the Killings - Front Line Defenders Annual Report 2016’. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography.

Ireland should speak up more strongly against human rights abuses in countries where it has political or strategic interests, an advocacy group has sa(...)

Iranians hold aloft posters of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr during an anti-Saudi Arabia demonstration at the Imam Hossein square in Tehran. Photograph: EPA

The Government has said it “regrets” Saudi Arabia’s mass execution of 47 people, including a dissident Shia cleric and a man convicted of the murder o(...)

Seven children among dead after boat apparently capsizes. Photograph: Reuters

In a stark reminder of the depth of Europe’s migrant crisis the bodies of 34 people, seven of them children, washed up on Turkey’s Aegean coast yester(...)

 Mary Lawlor, founder and director of Front Line Defenders: “Ireland and the EU must be as strong speaking up for human rights defenders in countries where they have political and strategic interests as they are when it comes to the usual suspects,” she said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 157 human rights activists were killed or died in detention in 25 countries last year, according to the advocacy group Front Line Defenders. T(...)