Protesters in Melbourne   urge the Australian government not to send 267 people – including 37 babies born in Australia – back to immigration detention in Nauru, 3,000km away. Photograph: Chris Hopkins/Getty Images

Australia’s ambivalence over asylum seekers is dominating headlines again, with churches, writers and thousands of ordinary citizens calling on the go(...)

Police and volunteers involved in the search for Niall Quinn in the Murray River. Photograph: ABC News

A man from Northern Ireland who died in a river in Australia has been named as Niall Quinn. Mr Quinn fell from a houseboat into the Murray River at E(...)

The warning was stark and to the point. “You don’t want to get stuck out here. If you do, you’ll probably die.” “Here” is a dirt track somewhere be(...)

Noel Barrett: “We are lucky with the weather here, but you have to motivate yourself to get up, out and exercise.”

Australia sits at the very top of the OECD’s Better Life Index, and with its sunnier climate and more outdoorsy culture, it’s no wonder so many Irish (...)

 A handout image provided by RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service shows paramedics treating a 31-year-old man who was attacked by a shark while spearfishing off Yeppoon in central Queensland on Friday. Photograph: EPA

A man (30) is undergoing surgery after being attacked by a shark in eastern Australia. Queensland Ambulance Service said the attack took place in wa(...)

New South Wales premier’s controversial remarks came after Irish courts refused to extradite Australian drug baron and murder suspect Robert Trimbole. Photograph: Alan Betson

The premier of New South Wales, Neville Wran, apologised to the Irish ambassador to Australia after calling the judicial system here an “Irish joke”, (...)

It is increasingly clear that Ireland lags well behind other jurisdictions in its protection of surviving spouses, especially in cases of intestacy

December 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the primary legislation governing inheritance in Ireland. When introduced, the Succession(...)

A policeman holding a military type shotgun, one of 4,500 guns on display in Sydney in  1997 before being melted down. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

In the continuing debate over how to stop mass killings in the United States, Australia has become a familiar touchstone. President Barack Obama has c(...)

Noel, from Castletownshend, West Cork, left Ireland in 2007 on a world-trip with friends intending to return home after 12 months. He was offer(...)

The whiff of weed is spreading across the globe as more countries decriminalise the possession of small quantities of cannabis. The Netherlands has(...)