Some 8,592 migrants were rescued last year by the LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh and LÉ Samuel Beckett. Photograph: David Jones/Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Róisín is to set sail on Sunday on humanitarian rescue duty in the Mediterranean. The ship under the command of Lieu(...)

Migrants and refugees disembark from a Maltese coast guard patrol vessel after being rescued at sea. Photograph: Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images

Aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières has announced it will resume its search, rescue and medical aid operations in the Mediterranean Sea between Africa(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney secured Government approval to send LÉ Róisín on humanitarian rescue duty in the southern Mediterranean. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Naval Service is preparing to send its patrol ship LÉ Róisín on humanitarian rescue duty in the southern Mediterranean, following Government appro(...)

Members of the Irish Navy vessel LÉ ‘Eithne’ as they rescue refugees on a   humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean in 2015.  Photograph: David Jones/Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney will seek Cabinet approval today for a Naval Service ship to return to humanitarian rescue duty in the southern(...)

 Aylan Kurdi’s body lies on the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015.  Photo  Nilufer Demir/AFP/Getty Images

In September 2015, we were told that publishing the image of the drowned body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi was a turning point, spurring empathy for t(...)

European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos listens to questions as he addresses a press conference on the EU’s reaction to the migrant crisis ahead of an EU leaders summit with Turkey. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunad/AFP/Getty Images.

The European Commission has given EU member states until the end of the year to phase out all border checks introduced in the wake of the refugee cris(...)

Protesters shout slogans during a large demonstration in Chisinau, Moldova, on Sunday. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/EPA

Moldovans are taking to the streets to protest against corruption and a controversial new government, but a potential driver of much needed change is (...)

Displaced Yazidi children flee violence from forces loyal to  Islamic State in Sinjar town on August 11th, 2014. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

In a residential apartment block in a fashionable new estate in Duhok, in Iraqi Kurdistan, the German foreign office has set up a makeshift consulate (...)

Seven children among dead after boat apparently capsizes. Photograph: Reuters

In a stark reminder of the depth of Europe’s migrant crisis the bodies of 34 people, seven of them children, washed up on Turkey’s Aegean coast yester(...)

The “ruinously selfish” behaviour of some member states towards refugees has brought the European Union to its knees, former attorney general Peter Sutherland has said.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The “ruinously selfish” behaviour of some member states towards refugees has brought the European Union to its knees, former attorney general Peter Su(...)