FIFO (fly in fly out) contracts are especially common for workers on construction and mining projects in remote parts of Western Australia and Queensland. Photograph: Thinkstock

Thousands of Irish people are working in remote mining regions in Australia, employed on what are known as FIFO (fly in fly out) contracts. They spend(...)

Supermacs boss, Pat McDonagh (above) confirmed this week that the withdrawal of the Australian tradmark application is purely tactical and that a fresh revised application will be lodged in the next two months.

Supermacs has withdrawn its application to register its brand in Australia in the latest twist in its brand war with fast food giant McDonalds. At t(...)

School children look at a board showing some of the passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the second anniversary of its disappearance in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak said his government is committed to solving the “agonising mystery” of Flight 370 as the country marks the second(...)

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(...)

Ibrahim Halawa  is due to face his 12th court hearing today in a mass trial with over 400 other prisoners and potentially faces the death penalty. Picture Nick Bradshaw

Ibrahim Halawa has now spent 876 days without trial in a squalid Egyptian prison. My involvement with the campaign for his release began in April 2014(...)

Students on UCD campus in Belfield. File  photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

How does an “income- contingent” loan system work? Under this system, higher education is free at the point of access for students. Stude(...)

Kevin Wall on Swan River in Perth, Western Australia.

A stringent English language test is delaying or denying many Irish people from getting Australian citizenship. The test difficulty got national expo(...)

New Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) and  Tony Abbott. Photograph: Mark Graham/Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images

Australia has its fourth prime minister in just over two years after Tony Abbott was defeated 54 to 44 by Malcolm Turnbull in an internal Liberal p(...)

Migrants walk on a dirt road after crossing the Macedonian-Greek border near Gevgelija, Macedonia. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Australia will accept more refugees from camps bordering Syria and Iraq and “is open” to providing more financial assistance, prime minister Tony Abbo(...)

Above, Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim. ‘Halawa has been receiving important consular support from the Irish Embassy in Cairo. But it is not enough.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Today an Irish teenager lies abandoned to his fate in a Cairo prison, cut off from the world. Ibrahim Halawa was arrested in August 2013 near Cairo’s (...)