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 wreckage of a car destroyed in a blast is seen near the Central Hotel after a suicide attack in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu February 20th, 2015. Photograph: REUTERS/Feisal Omar

The death toll from a suicide attack at a hotel in the Somali capital yesterday has risen to 25 and 40 wounded, the Somali government said. A statemen(...)

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(...)

 Up to a dozen women have been treated at the first dedicated clinic for sufferers of female genital mutilation (FGM) since it opened last year, according to Dr Caitríona Henchion, medical director of the the clinic. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

Up to a dozen women have been treated at the first dedicated clinic for sufferers of female genital mutilation (FGM) since it opened last year.Most ha(...)

Stephen Fry (57) and the man he recently married, Elliott Spencer (27). Photographs: Niki Nikolova/Filmmagic

Age-gap relationships are and always have been controversial, but if you are limiting the pool you choose a mate from by age, you could be losing o(...)

Trevor Winckworth of In Hand Guides: ‘People can use our guides anywhere – indoors or out – without any hitch in service.’

Cork-based company In Hand Guides produces low-cost audio guides primarily for the tourism sector. The company has already sold more than 500,000 uni(...)

Indira Tasueva, a refugee from Chechnya, tends to her daughter Amina (3) at their temporary home at the Spreehotel refugee centre in Bautzen, Germany. Some 200 refugees, many from Syria and Tunisia, live there. The Spreehotel became a refugee home about six months ago, despite opposition from many Bautzen residents. Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

Even locals admit there’s not much to see or do in Perba. With just 175 residents, Perba is a tiny dormitory village a 40-minute drive northwest of Dr(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney: options in helping combat sea piracy include sending a well-trained unit of 20 to serve on World Food Programme vessels, sending Air Corps personnel and an aircraft to improve surveillance capacity or deploying “a fully crewed ship for a period of three or four months to participate in the work the fleet is doing there”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is expected to decide within the next month whether to send Defence Forces personnel to the Indian Ocean to assist in tackling piracy.(...)

“Hawo” recalls that when she was being taken to the plane, she had “a few belongings, my wheelchair and €60 that my husband had given me”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The loud knocking on the door came at about 11pm. The young Somali woman was in her pyjamas and lying on a mattress on the floor. She had spent man(...)

A supporter of Osama bin Laden holds up his portrait. Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai had faced trial on charges of conspiring with bin Laden in al-Qaeda’s nearly simultaneous 1998 bombings of two US embassies in east Africa which killed 224 people

A suspected operative for al-Qaeda who was captured by US commandos in Libya in 2013 and brought to New York to face trial has died in custody after c(...)