Migrants rush into Serbia over the border with Macedonia last week. Fianna Fáil spokesman on Europe Timmy Dooley criticised Minister’s refusal to step up  response to the crisis.  Photograph: Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo

The Government will make no commitment to accept more than the 600 refugees it has agreed to, Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy has said. Mr (...)

The  LÉ Niamh rescuing 225 people off the coast of Libya on Saturday night. Photograph: Defence Forces

The LÉ Niamh rescued 225 people from two inflatable vessels on Saturday night, 112km north east of Tripoli. At 7.40pm, the Irish naval vessel was ask(...)

Migrants  swimming in the area where their  boat capsized and sank off the coast of Libya on  August 5th. PhotograpH: Reuters/Italian Police

This year alone, over 2,000 refugees have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean from the coastline of North Africa to the safety of Euro(...)

A child migrant  is brought aboard the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship MV Phoenix after being rescued from an overloaded wooden boat 16km off the coast of Libya, August 6th, 2015. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters 3:44

The European Union’s response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean had been a “failure”, “grossly inadequate” and “shameful”, President Michael (...)

Migrants waiting to disembark from the Irish Navy vessel LÉ Niamh in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo, Italy on Thursday. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

Italy arrested five North African men on Friday on suspicion of multiple homicide and human trafficking in the presumed drowning of more than 200 peop(...)

Simon Coveney: “Broader solutions” required. Photograph: The Irish Times

The crew of Irish navy patrol ship LÉ Niamh have been praised for their professionalism during a “very traumatic and difficult rescue” of almost 400 m(...)

Rescued migrants (in orange inflatible boat) located about 110km northwest of Libyan capital, Tripoli, on August 5th, 2015.  Photograph: Marta Soszynska/MSF 0:30

The LÉ Niamh has rescued 367 migrants, after a fishing boat capsized 110km north-west of Libya’s coast on Wednesday. It is believed there were (...)

Migrants wait on the Greek side of the border to enter Macedonia, en route to northern Europe on July 20th. Photograph:  Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski

In the first six months of this year, according to UNHCR, 137,000 people have made the journey across the Mediterranean. We are unsure of how many peo(...)

Crew from the LÉ Eithne set about rescuing migrants off the coast of Libya early on Monday, June 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Defence Forces

Some 519 migrants were rescued from three separate vessels by the LÉ Eithne in seas northwest of the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday. Also on Monday(...)

The head of the company that owns the world’s largest trawler Annelies Ilena, formerly Atlantic Dawn, that his board is considering appealing a €105,000 fine imposed by an Irish court

The head of the company that owns the world’s largest trawler said on Sunday that his board is considering appealing a €105,000 fine imposed by an Iri(...)