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At present, there are 650 personnel serving abroad, the bulk of them (462) deployed with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon. Photograph: Alan Betson

Almost 1,700 members of the Defence Forces served in United Nations and Irish Government-mandated operations in 14 countries around the world in 2018,(...)

The MV “Lifeline”, now moored off Malta, has 234 migrants who were rescued on June 20th including 14 women and four children younger than three years.   Photograph:  Felix Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

The Government has said it intended to “offer refuge” to 20-25 migrants stranded on a boat in the Mediterranean that has been refused permission to do(...)

The LÉ Samuel Beckett with more than 500 migrants on board during its operations in the Mediterranean in 2016.

The LÉ Samuel Beckett is returning to the Mediterranean as part of the European Union’s efforts to disrupt people smuggling and also to rescue migran(...)

A migrant watches after disembarking from the Norwegian vessel Siem Pilot at Pozzallo’s harbour, Sicily, Italy, March 29th, 2016. Some 730 migrants who had been rescued in various operations in previous days and transferred to a larger ship arrived in  Pozzallo today. Photograph: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

Italian coast guard and navy vessels rescued nearly 1,400 migrants from boats and rubber dinghies in the southern Mediterranean on Tuesday, officials (...)

Irish Naval Service operations in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

The former naval vessel, the LÉ Aoife, left Cork Harbour on Saturday morning for Malta, where it will take part in humanitarian search and rescue oper(...)

Migrants try to  board lorries bound for the United Kingdom in Calais this week. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Migration is always a matter of perspective. Or rather of two perspectives. When our own beautiful young people fall from a collapsing balcony in Berk(...)

 A handout picture provided by one of the 152  passengers evacuated from a ferry travelling  between Palma, Majorca and Valencia after it caught fire. Photograph: EPA

A ferry heading from the Mediterranean island city of Palma, Majorca to the Spanish coastal city Valencia has caught fire at sea, forcing 152 passenge(...)

“I think it would be a gross exaggeration to say that the outcome of the summit is anything like satisfactory in terms of saving lives,” said Peter Sutherland, speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

The Irish special representative for international migration in the UN Peter Sutherland says EU countries are more concerned with stopping smugglers i(...)

An Italian military  helicopter  helping with sea rescue operations in the Mediterranean. About 400 migrants died after their boat capsized on its way from Libya to Italy in the latest tragedy in the region. File photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

About 400 migrants died in an attempt to reach Italy from Libya when their boat capsized, survivors of the accident said.The accident was the latest t(...)

Peter Sutherland said 3,419 asylum seekers known to have drowned in the Mediterranean last year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The majority of EU states have failed to respond adequately to migration, which is one of the most urgent humanitarian challenges of our time, accordi(...)