EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at a meeting of EU foreign and defence ministers  in Brussels. The bloc has agreed a naval mission targeting people smugglers in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The EU has agreed a naval mission in the Mediterranean to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya, but parts of a broader plan to deal with the inf(...)

The inspirations behind the collections of this year’s 28 fashion graduates from LSAD are as diverse as their expression in form and fabric often c(...)

Alliance secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at the Nato  meeting in southern Turkey.   Photograph: Ozan  Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Moscow has bristled at a request from the Baltic states to have Nato troops based permanently on their territory, in response to rising fear of Rus(...)

A Lithuanian man who is already in jail for robbing prostitutes in Cork and Clare, was given a concurrent six-year sentence for robbing another prostitute in Galway.

A Lithuanian man who is already in jail for robbing prostitutes in Cork and Clare, was given a concurrent six-year sentence for robbing another prosti(...)

European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici presents the EU executive’s spring economic forecasts during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Ireland has re-emerged as one of Europe’s top performers but high debt levels continue to pose an “uncertainty”, according to the European Commission.(...)

A group of families whose loved ones have died in violent or unsolved circumstances has travelled to Brussels to raise their cases with MEPs after lo(...)

MEPs want to see labels on drinks setting out their calorific content in addition to their alcohol content. Alcoholic drinks that contain more than 1.2 per cent alcohol by volume are exempt from EU regulations on nutritional labelling that came into force in 2011 covering all food and soft drinks. Photograph: PA

MEPs have called on the European Commission to introduce mandatory labelling of calories for alcoholic drinks by 2016 as part of a broader EU strategy(...)

Ireland’s net outward migration figure became the highest in Europe after the economic crash.

More people will be moving to Ireland than emigrating by 2017 as the number of Irish people returning from abroad increases, the Government has predic(...)

The house on in Barrack Hill, off Wolfe Tone St, where the body of a man was found on Wednesday. Photograph: Kathryn Hayes

A 55-year-old Latvian man has appeared in court in Limerick charged with the murder of a Lithuanian man at a property in the city earlier this week.Ar(...)

Ireland’s fertility rate, at 2.01 live births per woman (in 2012), was the highest in the EU (along with France), but it is still below the population replacement level of 2.1 per cent.

Ireland has the highest proportion of children in the European Union, according to a new report.Last year, the proportion of children in Ireland (coun(...)