The EU initiative requesting member states to resettle 20,000 refugees will do little to tackle the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Photograph: EPA

At first glance, the numbers seem pitiable. The European Commission’s proposal that EU member states resettle 20,000 refugees will do little to tackl(...)

The UN’s Special Representative for International Migration Peter Sutherland says the “entire international community must accept a fair share of the refugee burden”.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The European Commission is to propose that member states receive a set number of migrants under a new quota system, potentially presenting UK prime m(...)

The Splendida Cruise Ship is the largest ship ever to visit Dublin Port. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 2:04

As the sun rose on Monday morning, the world’s 11th longest cruise ship, the MSC Splendida, reversed its way up the mouth of the Liffey and into Dubli(...)

Rescued migrants disembark off the Italian Guardia di Finanza vessel Denaro at the Sicilian harbour of Catania on April 23rd, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

The EU’s executive body is to unveil radical new proposals on immigration, imposing migrant quotas on the 28 countries of the union under a distributi(...)

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.(...)

Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne is to be despatched to the Mediterranean Sea to assist in an international aid operation to prevent migrants and refugees drowning as they try to reach Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Irish naval vessel LÉ Eithne is to be dispatched to the Mediterranean sea to participate in an EU search and rescue mission for migrants fleeing n(...)

Cruises with an educational theme offer cultural, cookery and creative courses on board

Cruise for culture In the world of educational travel, what name could be more august than Smithsonian? The US institution founded for the “inc(...)

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(...)

Actress and special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie, speaking at a United Nations Security Council meeting on the Syria conflict. Jolie urged council members to visit refugees in the region. Photograph: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

The United Nations aid chief has urged the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo and sanctions in Syria for violations of humanitarian law, as(...)

Larry Goodman. Luxembourg company Parlesse Investments Sarl has shares in, and loans out to, a range of Mr Goodman’s businesses. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

A Larry Goodman company based in Luxembourg made a profit of €52.6 million in 2013 and paid just 0.4 per cent tax, according to accounts in the tiny E(...)