Kieran Normoyle: ‘By adding heat back to the body we can increase survival times and increase the likelihood of someone being rescued.’ Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Proficiency with a sewing machine is not something normally associated with 25-year-old men, but stitching is just one of the skills Kieran Normoyle (...)

Enda Kenny (in Brussels): “It is an entirely appropriate time to visit peacekeeping troops in view of the . . . difficulties and the challenges they face.” Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will visit the Golan Heights on the Syrian-Israeli border as part of a short tour of the Middle East to meet Irish soldiers. Mr(...)

Hundreds of migrants guarded by police walk several miles along rail tracks towards the town of Szeged after breaking away from a collection point close to the Serbian border on September 8th, 2015 in Morahalom, Hungary. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The current refugee crisis has sparked a divided response. On the one hand (and at present it is more dominant), there is the desire to help; and on t(...)

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

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

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 (...)