‘The boy’s eyes welled up with tears and his bottom lip protruded slightly. And is it any wonder?’ Photograph issued by the Irish Defence Forces

The face of the little boy has been haunting me since he was photographed by the Irish Naval Service crew of the LÉ Niamh, who had plucked him out (...)

Mark English through to the semi-finals of the 800m in Beijing. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Things didn’t go entirely to plan for Mark English in the opening session of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, although after a slightly a(...)

Migrants walk along the railway tracks of the Eurotunnel terminal at the Calais-Frethun station outside the northern French port of Calais on August 10th, 2015. Photograph: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images

When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond. But to do that(...)

 President Michael D Higgins. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 3:44

President Michael D Higgins has described the EU’s response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean as “grossly inadequate” and “shameful”. Mr H(...)

French police patrol as they try to stop migrants crossing the fence to access the Channel Tunnel. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters. 1:43

The Channel Tunnel could be closed at night if the crisis in Calais worsens as it was disclosed that an African migrant walked nearly the entire lengt(...)

Critics of direct provision will be disappointed at plans to expand the system. Photograph: Alan Betson

As many as 12 new direct provision centres are to be opened to accommodate asylum seekers, The Irish Times has learned. One centre in Co L(...)

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella: Ireland among the ‘more generous’ countries in accepting refugees.  Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella has praised the Irish response to this year’s Meditteranean migrant crisis. Speaking to the Italian parliamentary(...)

Migrants walk near the road where lorries pass after leaving their hiding spot at the Eurotunnel site in Calais. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Britain and France have pledged to increase resources to help deal with the escalating migrant crisis in Calais, as thousands of migrants try to ente(...)

Migrants walk along railway tracks at the Eurotunnel terminal on July 28th. Photograph: AFP

One migrant has died after hundreds of illegal migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in Calais overnight, operator Eurotunnel said. The latest in(...)

Members of  Irish Navy vessel LÉ Niamh rescue refugees in the ongoing humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean.

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh is due into the Sicilian port of Messina this morning with the bodies of 14 migrants, along with 453 people res(...)