Since becoming involved in 2015, Irish Naval Service personnel have rescued more than 18,000 people. Photograph: David Jones

As word spread through the Naval Service last week that Operation Sophia, the European Union’s military mission to rescue migrants in the southern Med(...)

Crew from the Irish Navy ship LE Eithne rescuing 12 people from a small boat in  the Mediterranean in 2015. File Photograph: Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

The European Union is ending maritime operations in the southern Mediterranean. The change means that the Irish Naval Service ship, the LÉ Eithne, w(...)

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(...)