LE Niamh, with yacht suspected of carrying about €80 million euros  worth of cocaine after it was stormed by an Irish Naval team 200 nautical miles off Mizen Head. Photograph:   Defence Forces Ireland/PA Wire

The Naval Service ship LÉ Niamh, which has rescued more than 4,100 from the Mediterranean, is due to return to Cork harbour on Friday morning. The shi(...)

In the Italian Appenines, 100km east of Rome, is the karst landscape of the Gran Sasso mountain range, which includes the Corno Grande, at 2,914 me(...)

Irish Defence Forces photograph of a children  on board the the LÉ Niamh enroute to Palermo. 1:40

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh arrived in the Sicilian port of Palermo on Thursday carrying 367 survivors and 25 bodies recovered from a fi(...)

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(...)

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh has rescued 98 migrants from a rubber craft in the Mediterranean on its first mission since taking up humanitarian rescue duty.

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh has rescued over 360 migrants from the Mediterranean in its first two missions since taking up station in the a(...)

The LÉ ‘Niamh’ is sailing today to begin Mediterranean rescue duty. Photograph: Defence Forces/PA Wire

Naval Service vessel LÉ Niamh is due to sail from Cork harbour today for humanitarian search and rescue duty in the Mediterranean. The patrol ship, un(...)

Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis drives his motorcyle with his wife Danae Stratou after exiting the finance ministry in Athens. Photograph: Fotis Plegas/EPA 1:48

The International Monetary Fund said on Monday it was monitoring the situation in Greece and was ready to lend a hand if asked following a referend(...)

Prof Michael O’Flaherty of NUI Galway at Palmyra Park in Galway city. He says the shelter Europe is offering refugees now is a shadow of what they did 20 years ago. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Ireland and its European partners need to be “far more generous” in response to Syrians and other refugees fleeing conflict, Irish Centre for Human(...)

Rescued migrants disembark off the Italian Guardia di Finanza vessel Denaro at the Sicilian harbour of Catania on April 23rd, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

The EU’s executive body is to unveil radical new proposals on immigration, imposing migrant quotas on the 28 countries of the union under a distributi(...)

Italian citizens hug after arriving at Practica di Mare military base near Rome, Italy, 16th February 2015. A group of around 60 Italians returned from Libya overnight after being evacuated because of security concerns about the advance of ISIS extremist Islamic group in the North African nation. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

Italians woke up on Monday to the worrying reality of a threat from Islamic State “signed with blood against the nation of the cross”. Against the bac(...)