A  migrant woman  waits for  the train to depart to Slovenia on her journey to western Europe from  a refugee transit camp in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. Photograph: Darrin Zammit/Reuters

As the Syrian conflict continues to rage, the prospect of a renewed exodus of citizens to Europe seems all but inevitable. The deteriorating situatio(...)

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It was spring 1999 and we were high in the hills near the Macedonian capital, Skopje, looking for Nato troops. War was raging in nearby Kosovo, and Al(...)

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(...)

Dublin diocesan priest Monsignor Paul Tighe (57) has been appointed a bishop and secretary of the Vatican’s Council for Culture by Pope Francis.

Dublin diocesan priest Monsignor Paul Tighe (57) has been appointed a bishop and secretary of the Vatican’s Council for Culture by Pope Francis. It (...)

 Irish hospital costs are 80 per cent higher than the EU average, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has estimated. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Costs in Irish hospitals are 80 per cent higher than the EU average, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has estimated, in an internal pap(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel (r) and Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer (l) address the media before a meeting of German state leaders to discuss the migrant crisis in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

After weeks of bad-tempered rows, Berlin’s grand coalition has agreed to expedite asylum applications and new camps to register over a million refugee(...)

Germany chancellor Angela Merkel and Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras chat after a meeting over the Balkan refugee crisis. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters.

The European Commission announced €5.9 million in emergency funding for Greece yesterday, a day after a mini-summit in Brussels agreed on a 17-poin(...)

A migrant mother waits to enter a makeshift camp at the Austrian Slovenian border near the village of Sentilj. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Sunday pledged to increase capacity at reception centres along the Western Balkans route and send extra police force(...)

Migrants board through a window a train heading to Zagreb at a railway station, near the official border crossing between Croatia and Serbia. Photograph: Stringers/AFP/Getty Images

Some 855 first-time asylum seekers applied for protection in Ireland between April and June 2015, bringing to 1,480 the total number of people to seek(...)

European Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker makes his State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, yesterday. Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission unveiled a relocation programme for refugees yesterday in its first major policy response to the migration crisis, but doubts (...)