Ireland is now one of the most expensive countries in the EU, up there with the UK and Sweden, and only exceeded by Denmark. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

While the popular perception is that the cost of living is always rising, since the beginning of the year consumer prices have on average been lowe(...)

A volunteer distributes water to migrants on a train from Budapest to Munich at the Austrian. Photograph: Vladimir Simicek/AFP/Getty Images

Trainloads of migrants arrived in Austria and Germany from Hungary on Monday as European Union asylum rules collapsed under the strain of a wave of mi(...)

Travellers sit in a train with migrants en route to Vienna from Budapest. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

The European Union’s border and asylum policies were in disarray on Monday night, as member states sought their own solutions to a continuing surge in(...)

Austrian Police officers stop and search a car with nine adults and two children as they patrol on the motorway near the Austro-Hungarian border, in Nickelsdorf, Austria. Photograph: EPA/Herbert P Oczeret

Austrian authorities have found around 200 asylum seekers and arrested five people traffickers as part of a new operation along the country’s borders,(...)

Defence Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen Conor Doyle, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and Secretary General at the Department of Defence Maurice Quinn at the launch of the new White Paper on Defence at Dublin Castle last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney.

Many years ago during a defence debate in another jurisdiction, an opposition member with a military background was trying to make a point. He argued (...)

 Flowers and candles at the side of  motorway where a group of migrants were found dead in a truck in  Austria. Austrian police have discovered another lorry containing three children in a critical condition. Photograph: Herbert P Oczeret/EPA

Three young children were found in a critical condition due to dehydration on Friday after police in Austria stopped a truck containing 26 refugees, A(...)

 Flowers and candles are left by the side of the  A4 motorway, in Nickelsdorf, Austria where an abandoned truck containing  71 dead migrants was found. Four men appeared in  Photograph: EPA

A fifth man suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria has been detained, Hungarian police said. A police st(...)

Hungarian policemen detain a Syrian migrant family after they entered Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke, on Friday.  Photograph: Reuters 1:17

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has said he is “horrified and heartbroken” by the latest migrant deaths in Austria and at sea. In a rare statement is(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said, since the Amsterdam Treaty of 1999, “Ireland has been party to a protocol under which we may opt in to such measures on a case-by-case basis”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland is taking more than its fair share of migrants and is not opting out of European Union measures designed to tackle the current crisis, Ministe(...)

Police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil and Austria’s interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner. “There was also a Syrian travel document found so of course our first assumption is that these people were migrants, and likely a group of Syrian migrants,” said Mr Doskozil. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Austrian and Hungarian police have stepped up their crossborder manhunt following the arrest of four men linked to an abandoned truck inside which 59 (...)