Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued approx 40km off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Governments must focus on saving lives rather than keeping foreigners out at a time when more people than ever are embarking on risky sea crossings in(...)

There is ‘not a shred of evidence’ Rory McIlroy was involved in some conspiracy  to plan his exit from his representation contract, the High Court has been told.  Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

There is “not a shred of evidence” Rory McIlroy was involved in some conspiracy with others to plan his exit from his representation contract with his(...)

Pope Francis says he intends to travel to Africa once and to Latin America three times next year. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/EPA

Pope Francis has said he would like to “open the doors” to the divorced and remarried, saying they must be “integrated” into Church life.“In the case (...)

Life expectancy is growing faster in Ireland than anywhere else in Europe and Irish people have the highest levels of satisfaction with their own health. Photograph: Getty

Life expectancy is growing faster in Ireland than anywhere else in Europe and Irish people have the highest levels of satisfaction with their own heal(...)

Sir Anthony O’Reilly. Photograph: Alan Betson

Susan O’Reilly, the former wife of Sir Anthony O’Reilly, has died in London. Ms O’Reilly, née Cameron, married the Irish businessman in 1962. The pair(...)

McIlroy holds the British Open Claret Jug trophy at Old Trafford in August this year. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

A judge will deal next week with various pre-trial matters in the action by golfer Rory McIlroy over a disputed representation agreement. Mr Justice B(...)

Cyprus  has extensive bike trails all over the island and hiking routes in the Troodos mountains. Photograph: Thinkstock

I’m looking for suggestions for a honeymoon, preferably in Europe. Nice beaches, with activities such as scuba diving, hill-walking and cycling wou(...)

 Chancellor  George Osborne will speak with fellow EU finance ministers, including  Michael Noonan, about the crisis at a scheduled Ecofin meeting in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: PA

A senior British minister has warned the European Commission not to impose interest penalties on the UK from December 1st over its refusal to pay an e(...)

Onboard Team Alvimedica in the Volvo Ocean Race Nick Dana scales to the top of the rig to look for wind, while Mark Towill (left) and Charlie Enright (right) eagerly await an update. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing leads on the first leg from Alicante to Cape Town. Photograph: Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica via Getty Images

Irish offshore crews only narrowly missed out on an overall win in a thrilling climax to yesterday’s Rolex Middle Sea Race in Malta. Irish sailors to(...)

Golfer Rory McIlroy watches the Leinster vs Wasps game yesterday. No agreement has been reached in the legal dispute between the golfer and a sports management company despite mediation talks. Photograph:Morgan Treacy/INPHO

No agreement has been reached in the legal dispute between golfer Rory McIlroy and a sports management company despite mediation talks, the Commercial(...)