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Some of the 629 migrants boarding rescue vessel Aqarius in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Kenny Karpov/Handout/EPA

The European Commission plans to almost triple spending in the next seven-year budget on asylum, migration and EU border controls, from €13 billion to(...)

Workers with the NGO SOS Mediterranee talk to rescued migrants aboard the ship Aquarius on Monday. Photograph: AFP/Karpov/SOS Mediterranee

Italy forged ahead with plans to send hundreds of migrants to Spain in a small naval convoy on Tuesday after shutting its own ports to them, sparking (...)

Geoffrey O’Byrne-White who died while swimming in the sea in Co Cork.

A 62-year-old man has died after suffering a suspected heart attack while swimming in the sea near Kinsale in Co Cork. The man, who has been named l(...)

Search and rescue: some of the migrants picked up in the Mediterranean Sea. Photograph: SOS Mediterranée/AFP

A bitter standoff between Italy and Malta over a boat carrying hundreds of migrants that neither country would allow to dock was resolved on Monday af(...)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty. File photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan /PA Wire

The persuasive power of numbers should never be underestimated in the upcoming referendum. Many media have been used by both sides to impart their m(...)

In the event of a No vote, article 40.3.3 will remain in place as well as the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, which allows for terminations when a mother’s life is at risk, including on the grounds of suicide

Voters will go to the polls this Friday to determine the future of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. The ballot paper will ask whether articl(...)

 Chilean bishops Luis Fernando Ramos Perez and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz read statements during a news conference after a meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

In an unprecedented move, 34 Chilean bishops said on Friday they had offered to resign en masse after attending a crisis meeting this week with Pope F(...)

The case before the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights  (ECHR) arose after the group’s application for a licence to put the play on in 2007 had been denied. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The banning of a theatrical production by Malta constituted a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights’ protection of free speech, a Europ(...)

Government’s Travelwise app lists the status of every county in the world and also where help can be obtained from consulates overseas.

This week the consular services of the Department of Foreign Affairs held a consultative forum with stakeholders. Led by head of the consular servic(...)

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, recently  reiterated his objections saying the EU’s migration policies threaten the “sovereignty and cultural identity” of Hungary. Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Among the items on an increasingly crowded agenda for EU leaders at their June summit is the fraught saga of how the EU treats asylum seekers, specifi(...)

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