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Valerie O’Hanlon (right) on Ponte delle Scalzi (Scalzi bridge) with her sister Evelyn O’Hanlon Casserly (left).
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  • February 23, 2020, 06:00

Valerie O’Hanlon moved to Venice in Italy nine years ago. She lives with her long-term Italian partner and Venetian-born son. In Ireland she(...)

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(...)

The LÉ Niamh. Between October and December last the Irish Naval ship  directly rescued 613 people and helped other ships to rescue 107 more

The Government is expected on Tuesday to agree to send two Naval Service ships to the Mediterranean in an effort to help the European Union’s mission (...)

The LÉ ‘Niamh’: was under orders from “Dublin” not to proceed within 16 nautical miles of the Libyan coast for safety reasons.

The Naval Service has said it stands over the actions of the LÉ Niamh when it came under pressure from the Italian coastguard during a rescue of some (...)

Migrants in thermal blankets enjoy a meal  after being rescued, sitting in  the bow of the LÉ Roisin, in June 2016. File photograph: Able Seaman David Jones/Defence Forces

Nineteen months ago, the LÉ Eithne sailed from Haulbowline naval base in Cork on the first of six humanitarian missions by the Naval Service to the Me(...)

A team from MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) arrives to aid 133 migrants crammed onto a rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Adam Alexander

“My God,” says 19-year old Miriam from the Gambia, holding her hands over her face and shaking her head. “I wouldn’t wish that journey on my own wors(...)

The LÉ ‘James Joyce’ rescued 453 people and recovered bodies from the vessel pictured. Photograph: Defence Forces/Flickr

A Naval Service ship recovered 16 dead bodies on Thursday when it went to the aid of migrants packed on to a wooden boat off the coast of Libya, a sta(...)

Rescued migrants being brought to a Médecins Sans Frontières boat in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

The Italian navy has recovered a migrant ship that sank off Sicily last year with an estimated 700 people on board in one of the worst known tragedie(...)

Rescuers help migrants to board the Italian Navy ship ‘Vega’ after the boat they were aboard sunk. An estimated 14,000 migrants have been rescued by Italian coast guard and navy ships, aided by Irish and German vessels and humanitarian groups. Photograph: AP

More than 700 migrants are feared dead in three Mediterranean shipwrecks near Italy in the last few days as they tried to reach Europe in unseaworthy (...)

Migrants and refugees call for help from shipreck off Libya. Photograph: Marina Militare/ AFP PHOTO

At least 45 migrants died in a shipwreck and more than 2,000 were rescued from boats in the Mediterranean on Friday, the coastguard said, as the numbe(...)

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