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 People needed to develop “a deep culture of fostering peace and reconciliation and coming together in the realis
ation that we need each other”, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s international peacekeepers were warmly praised by the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin this morning as he recalled that “the ch(...)

The Vatican Bank. From day one it was clear Pope Francis was no friend of deregulated capitalism, let alone murky financial speculation.  Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

As tourists walk past the Porta Sant’Anna in Rome, just off St Peter’s Square, few pay much attention to the strange-looking, rounded tower that sits (...)

Edward de Bono, pictured in Dublin in 2007. His planned international centre in the city never materialised. Photograph: Eric Luke

The government lent its support to an ambitious plan by international business guru Edward de Bono to set up a largely tax-free conference centre in D(...)

Fionn Davenport
Fionn Davenport's travel desk

AND ALL THAT JAZZ Readers of these pages will guess that I’m pretty excited about direct flights from Dublin to Marrakesh, and this week I(...)

Ireland had higher net outward migration in 2012 than Greece, Spain, Portugal and Iceland.

Ireland has gone from having the highest net immigration levels in Europe to the highest net emigration levels in just six years. The country has over(...)

Twelve illegal immigrants, including at least four children, drowned after their boat capsized just off the Greek island of Lefkada (A on map) in the Ionian Sea today. Image: Google Maps.

Twelve illegal immigrants, including at least four children, drowned after their boat capsized just off the Greek island of Lefkada in the Ionian Se(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel ata meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Migration and an upcoming Eastern Partnership summit  topped the summit agenda. Photograph: Yves Herman/AP

EU leaders have put off any immediate change to European migration policy until next June, despite the emergency rescue of 700 migrants in the Medite(...)

Somali migrants sit in a courtyard at the Lyster barracks detention centre for immigrants outside Valletta, Malta. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

More than 700 migrants have been rescued from waters near Sicily in less than 24 hours, according to the Italian coastguard.The stream of smugglers’ b(...)

The caskets of two children who died when their boat capsized are lifted to be embarked on an Italian navy ship at Lampedusa island harbour at the weekend.  Photograph: Amedeo Fragapane/AP Photo

Italy is to step up naval and air patrols in the southern Mediterranean to try to prevent repeats of the shipwrecks which have drowned hundreds of Afr(...)

Rescued migrants walk to police buses after disembarking from an Armed Forces of Malta 
 ship at 
Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta’s Marsamxett Harbour today. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

A ship brought 143 survivors, mostly Syrians, from a capsized smugglers’ boat to Malta today, as the second migrant tragedy in the Strait of Sicily in(...)

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