President Michael D Higgins being greeted by Minister for Environment   Stephen Dawson in Perth. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Irish emigration to Western Australia has noticeably slowed after a “massive influx” following the collapse of the Irish economy, according to a local(...)

Supporters of same-sex marriage  at a protest march in Sydney on August 6th. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Same-sex marriage could be legal in Australia by Christmas, after a postal vote on the issue followed by debate in parliament. But a postal plebiscit(...)

 Stephen Dawson (left) and Dennis Liddelow during their marriage ceremony outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, last Saturday. The law allowing such unions has been rejected in the Australian High Court. Photograph: Alan Porritt/EPA

Same-sex couples who married in Australia’s capital Canberra since last Saturday will have their marriages annulled after the High Court ruled against(...)