New chief of staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett: “We don’t know what’s around the corner, what challenges might face us.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thirty years ago, Air India Flight 182 was destroyed at 31,000ft off the West coast of Ireland by a bomb that had been smuggled on board before it (...)

Volunteer doctors and paramedics try to revive a young child on the Greek island of Lesvos after a boat carrying more than 200 refugees and migrants sank while crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. A search is continuing amid fears that 34 people are unaccounted for. Photograph: Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

A search is continuing in waters off the Greek island of Lesbos, as at least 15 people, including 10 children, drowned in four separate incidents in t(...)

Those rescued in the latest mission included six children. Photograph: Irish Naval Service

The Greek coastguard has rescued 242 people off the eastern island of Lesbos after the wooden boat they travelled in capsized, leaving at least three (...)

Caitriona Lally: people on the margins interest me, who act as individuals, who say what they mean, who are true to themselves

In recent years, major economic changes in Ireland have given rise to a host of oddball narrators in Irish literature, outsiders who don’t fit into(...)

Yeonmi Park. Photograph: Beowulf Sheehan

The Langham Hotel, a swanky five-star place in central London. A former X Factor contestant walks by. A rich American tourist. A French fashion typ(...)

A rib from the Irish Naval Service ship LÉ Samuel Beckett is seen rescuing more than 100 people, including two children, off the Libyan coast on Thursday morning. Photograph: Defence Forces

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Samuel Beckett has rescued more than 100 people, including two children, from an inflatable craft off the Libyan coas(...)

Europe is grappling with its biggest migration challenge since World War II, with the main surge coming from civil war-torn Syria. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Samuel Beckett has rescued 242 people off the Libyan coast on its first humanitarian tasking in the Mediterranean. Th(...)

LE Niamh, with yacht suspected of carrying about €80 million euros  worth of cocaine after it was stormed by an Irish Naval team 200 nautical miles off Mizen Head. Photograph:   Defence Forces Ireland/PA Wire

The Naval Service ship LÉ Niamh, which has rescued more than 4,100 from the Mediterranean, is due to return to Cork harbour on Friday morning. The shi(...)

Bush Moukarzel in Dead Centre’s Chekhov’s First Play

Chekhov’s First Play Samuel Beckett Theatre **** The name of this theatre company, Dead Centre, also seems spot-on for their latest production, in whi(...)

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh rescued 380 people from the Mediterranean on Friday. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh rescued 380 refugees and migrants from the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya during three search and rescue oper(...)