In recent weeks NGO search and rescue activity has ceased in the Mediterranean under pressure from EU governments. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Government has said that the Irish Naval Service does not return migrants it rescues from the Mediterranean to Libya, following accusations b(...)

‘LE Samuel Beckett’  is back on duty in the  Mediterranean in Operation Sophia. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

Operation Sophia, the EU naval operation in the Mediterranean in which the Irish naval ship the LE Samuel Beckett is participating, is helping the Lib(...)

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit visit several notable venues during their trip to Ireland. File photograph: The Irish Times

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are to visit of the home of Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator, at Derrynane in Co Kerry during their three-day visit(...)

Defence Forces participation in two Pesco projects will ensure they have the best equipment and training. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is to agree to join two projects as part of its participation in a European Union defence project, the Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesc(...)

Migrants rescued by the European Union’s Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean on Friday.  Photograph: Facebook

Rescuers pulled 700 people to safety in the Mediterranean and found 23 bodies during one operation on Friday, an Italian coastguard spokesman said, th(...)

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson Foreign secretary Boris Johnson will call for new measures against senior military officers. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

EU foreign ministers are expected to hear a call on Monday from the UK for additional sanctions against the Syrian regime over its use of chemical wea(...)

Micheál Martin, a veteran of many manufactured hissy-fits in the phoney wars before the Dáil goes on long breaks, was growing weary of the arguing.  Photograph: Collins

The usual row about the business of the week was in full swing. Packed agenda. So much to do. So little time. The Dáil, you see, rises for summer (...)

LÉ ‘Samuel Beckett’ during a rescue mission in the Mediterranean last September. For the Naval Service, not being part of the wider EU operation but working in the same theatre on tasks intimately connected to the EU mission has created limitations

Allowing the Irish Naval Service participate in a European Union migrant search-and-rescue operation in the Mediterranean will give the Defence Forces(...)

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond (centre right) tours a naval base with Libya’s prime minister-designate Fayez Sarraj (centre left) during his visit to Tripoli on Monday. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday considered expanding the EU’s naval mission in the Mediterranean into Libyan waters amid concerns(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president François Hollande at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The leaders of France and Germany called on European Union member states to put their differences behind them as they tackle the refugee crisis, urgin(...)

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