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(...)

The world’s largest trawler Annelies Ilena, formerly known as the Atlantic Dawn.  The trawler’s skipper has been convicted of breaching EU fishing regulations by Donegal Circuit Court.

The skipper of the world’s largest trawler has been convicted of breaching EU fishing regulations on board a vessel that’s half a metre longer than th(...)

The Dutch super-trawler “Annelies Ilena”, tied up in Killybegs after it was detained  by the Irish Naval Service. Photograph: Niall Duffy

Seagulls alerted the Irish Naval Service to likely breaches of EU fishing regulations on one of the world’s largest trawlers, it was claimed in court(...)

Ireland’s air corps, navy and defence forces have released their statistics for 2014, which show that army bomb disposal units received 100 fewer call-outs than in 2013. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Army bomb disposal units received 100 fewer call-outs this year than in 2013, in an otherwise busy year for Ireland’s air corps, navy and defence forc(...)

The Irish Naval Service vessel LE Niamh (right) shadowing the yacht Makayabella off the south west Irish coast. Photograph: EPA

A 47 year-old man is due to be sentenced on Friday for his part in an €80 million drug seizure by Irish law enforcement agencies off the West Cork coa(...)

The new Star Wars film is to be called The Force Awakens. Above, production crew on Skellig Michael where part of the film, directed by JJ Abrams, was shot. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

The new Star Wars film is to be called The Force Awakens, Walt Disney Pictures announced today.The movie had previously only been known as Episode VII(...)

The body of a man is brought ashore today at Baltimore Lifeboat station at about 8.30am after a sailing incident last night. The remains were brought inshore on the smaller vessel and transferred to the main RNLI lifeboat. Photograph: Provision

Two survivors of a west Cork boating accident that claimed the life of a 66-year-old man spent the night on an uninhabited island after their vessel (...)

“Maybe the decade of centenaries will shed new light on the process by which the gunboat Helga was handed over to a young Free State to become the Muirchú, or “Sea Dog”, and henceforth defend the integrity of the territorial waters. It was surely a dark joke by our departing overlords.”

I can understand writers being upset at the new policy of naming naval patrol ships after Samuel Beckett and James Joyce. No doubt some naval patrolle(...)