Fishing boats prepare to join the search for missing Rescue 116 crew members Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby at Ballyglass Pier, Belmullet, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/ Phocus

While debris from Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 is still being washed up by the Atlantic, the search for its two missing airmen will continu(...)

An LÉ Niamh rescue operation in the Mediterranean.  File photograph: Irish Defence Forces/AFP/Getty Images

The State will send a fourth Naval Service ship to help rescue refugees in the Mediterranean later in the year irrespective of what parties are in gov(...)

Irish naval ship LÉ Eithne arrives with rescued migrants at the Palermo harbor in Italy on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015. Photograph: AP/Alessandro Fucarini.

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he believes it is “unlikely” that the Naval Service will extend its role beyond humanitarian assistance in(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney one of three Ministers who have flown to Malta to pay tribute to the crew of the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Eithne. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Three Government Ministers have flown to the Maltese capital of Valletta to pay tribute to the 68-strong crew of the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Eith(...)

Kurdish Syrian refugees in a truck at the Turkish-Syrian border, near the southeastern town of Suruc, in Sanliurfa province. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

The Government has agreed to take a further 300 Syrian refugees in the ongoing crisis, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil. Mr Kenny said the Cabin(...)

Crews from the LÉ Eithne rescuing migrants from a small craft in the Mediterranean at the weekend. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces /PA Wire

The Government has agreed to take a further 300 Syrian refugees in the ongoing crisis, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil. Mr Kenny said the Cabin(...)

The LÉ Eithne completing the rescue of dozens of migrants off the coast of Libya on Thursday. Photograph:   Irish Defence Forces

Irish naval vessel the LÉ Eithne completed the rescue of 201 migrants off the coast of Libya on Thursday. The Irish Flagship received an alert at 8am (...)

Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney paid tribute to the Naval Service for its professionalism in preparing the LE Eithne for such a major humanitarian mission in just five days. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed confidence that the LE Eithne will play an important role when it joins the European effort to rescue the thousands(...)