Giovanni Adorni Braccesi, the Italian ambassador to Ireland, John Banville and his wife Janet after the awarding of the Ordine della Stella d’Italia

John Banville has been made a “Cavaliere” or honorary knight of the “Ordine della Stella d’Italia” (Order of the Star of Italy) by the Italian Ambassa(...)

The  ‘LÉ Eithne’ rescue operation in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Italian ambassador to Ireland Giovanni Adorni Braccesi Chiassi has said there is growing tension in Italy over the large numbers of migrants landed a(...)

Some 8,592 migrants were rescued last year by the LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh and LÉ Samuel Beckett. Photograph: David Jones/Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Róisín is to set sail on Sunday on humanitarian rescue duty in the Mediterranean. The ship under the command of Lieu(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney secured Government approval to send LÉ Róisín on humanitarian rescue duty in the southern Mediterranean. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Naval Service is preparing to send its patrol ship LÉ Róisín on humanitarian rescue duty in the southern Mediterranean, following Government appro(...)

Members of the Irish Navy vessel LÉ ‘Eithne’ as they rescue refugees on a   humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean in 2015.  Photograph: David Jones/Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney will seek Cabinet approval today for a Naval Service ship to return to humanitarian rescue duty in the southern(...)

President Higgins is escorted by  Sean Rainbird, director of the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Italian ambassador, Giovanni Adorni Braccesi, to the reading. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was one of those events where you sensed a greater than usual interest in the announcement about the location of the emergency exits. A(...)

At the the Italian Institute of Culture yesterday for the presentation of Expo Milano 2015 were  (from left) Fabrizio Sala, under secretary for Expo 2015, business internalisation; Gianni Fava, regional minister of agriculture, Lombardy; and the Italian ambassador to Ireland Giovanni Adorni Braccesi. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The regional minister for agriculture in Italy’s Lombardy region, Gianni Fava, has urged Ireland to support his region’s campaign to combat food fr(...)