The LE Aoife  was launched in 1979 and has travelled over 600,000 nautical miles in the course of fish protection patrols and other missions.

Ireland is proceeding with the planned donation of the LE Aoife to Malta to assist in humanitarian work despite reports that members of the armed forc(...)

The LE Aoife in Dun Laoghaire. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland has agreed to donate the recently decommissioned LE Aoife to the Maltese armed forces as part of an agreement reached between the two countrie(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, at The Human Right to Health meeting at NUIG on Friday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

President Michael D Higgins has called for a “deepening of the discourse” between economics and human rights, particularly the human right to health.I(...)

Counting down the minutes to medical attention while waiting on a hospital trolley in the wee small hours, one may have many thoughts: but not necessa(...)

French president Francois Hollande (centre) with heads of state at the solidarity march in Paris last Sunday against terrorism. Photograph: EPA/Philippe Wojazer

Last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris cast a dark shadow over the start of the new term in Brussels and Strasbourg, as Europe responded to the horrif(...)

 Latvian prime minister Laimdota Straujuma (left), president of the European Council Donald Tusk, President Andris Berzins and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, during the opening event of the Latvian presidency of the EU in Riga. Photograph: EPA

Latvia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union will not be an “anti-Russian” presidency, Latvia’s minister for foreign affairs said yesterda(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker warned Europe that “it is time now for silence – not yet for action.” Photograph: Reuters

The European Union moved to condemn the terrorist attacks in Paris, but European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker warned Europe that “it is ti(...)

A general view of Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Latvia and Lithuania favour a tough response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Latvia will assume the presidency of the European Union, and Lithuania will adopt the euro tomorrow, raising their EU profile at a time of spiralling (...)

Glassland, produced by Element Pictures and supported by the Film Board, stars Jack Reynor (above in a scene from the film) as a young man seeking to cope with an alcoholic mother (Toni Collette, also above) in contemporary Tallaght.

Gerard Barrett’s Glassland, recent winner of the audience prize at the Galway Film Fleadh, is among just 12 films selected for the World Cinema Dramat(...)

A girl lights a candle during Latvian Freedom Fighters’ Remembrance Day, or Lacplesis Day, to commemorate those who fought in the 1919 Latvian War of Independence, near Riga castle on November 11th. In Latvia, Russia’s increased military activity is seen as an echo of the cold war. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

In the cold, slate-grey skies and seas of northeast Europe, an old game is being played out under new rules.Where for decades the Soviet Union probed (...)