Some 8,592 migrants were rescued last year by the LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh and LÉ Samuel Beckett. Photograph: David Jones/Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Róisín is to set sail on Sunday on humanitarian rescue duty in the Mediterranean. The ship under the command of Lieu(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace speaks in the Dáil on his visit to refugees in Calais and Dunkirk.

Independent TD Mick Wallace broke down in the Dáil while talking about a recent meeting with refugees in Calais and Dunkirk in France. Mr Wallace, w(...)

Turkish lawmakers push each other on the assembly floor in Ankara, Turkey. Photograph: AP Photo

Brawls between lawmakers from Turkey’s ruling AK Party and the pro-Kurdish opposition have delayed efforts to pass legislation on a migration deal wit(...)

In a major coup for Dublin, Marija Aslimoska of Parfumarija has secured the rights to sell products from one of the oldest and most famous pharmacies in the world, Santa Maria Novella in Florence

Florentine Fragrances In a major coup for Dublin, Marija Aslimoska of Parfumarija in the Westbury Centre has secured the rights to sell the fragrance(...)

A baby at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border. Hanging the country out to dry and expelling it from the euro area as it grapples with Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War is not an option.  REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

As thousands of migrants remain trapped in Greece the country finds itself at the coalface of Europe’s refugee crisis. It is hoping last month’s refug(...)

 Riot police clash with protesters during a rally against the Austrian government’s planned re-introduction of border controls at the Brenner Pass, Austria. Photograph: Jan Hetfleisch/EPA

Austria plans to build a fence at the border with Italy as part of its preparations for controls to be introduced if a surge in migrant arrivals mater(...)

Members of the public prepare for a parade marking the 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

At the risk of offending my more erudite readers, I dare say most of you will be unfamiliar with the work of Francis Beaumont. He was, nevertheless, a(...)

The trophy for Euro 2016. Figures released by the FAI show that 70,480 Irish fans made about 275,000 ticket applications for the Republic of Ireland’s three group games against Sweden, Belgium and Italy in June

Upwards of 70,000 Irish fans are expected to travel to France this summer for Euro 2016 despite the FAI receiving less than 40,000 tickets. Figures (...)

Waterford Spraoi. Photograph: John Loftus

What links Athens, Florence, Paris and Cork? They have all held the title European Capital of Culture. The programme began in 1985, after Melina Merc(...)

Migrants and refugees disembark from a Maltese coast guard patrol vessel after being rescued at sea. Photograph: Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images

Aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières has announced it will resume its search, rescue and medical aid operations in the Mediterranean Sea between Africa(...)