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Refugees cheer as they cross the border arriving from Hungary to Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her country will not stop anyone from seeking asylum, as thousands of migrants desperate to leave Hungary make their(...)

A young migrant girl holds up a handmade sign outside Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary, September 3rd. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said that Ireland’s response to the current refugee crisis in Europe is, and has been, a generous one. There is(...)

Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick. File photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times.

The Catholic Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has called for the State, NGOs, the Catholic Church and other organisations to work together to help fin(...)

Migrants wait to cross Greek Macedonian border near the town of Idomeni, Northern Greece. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

The Government should welcome more refugees and migrants than the 600 people the State agreed to accept through the EU relocation programme, according(...)

Migrants protest outside Keleti station in central Budapest after it was closed to them  on September 1st, 2015. Photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Europe for me is and always has been a community of values. This is something of which we should be proud. We have the highest asylum standards in the(...)

A migrant, hoping to cross into Hungary, plays with a child along a railway track outside the village of Horgos in Serbia, towards the border it shares with Hungary. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Mayor Istvan Bacskulin cast a gimlet-eyed gaze over the fields that separate Serbia and Hungary, and didn’t much like what he saw. It wasn’t so much t(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls at a migrants’ reception centre in Calais: a visit to “the jungle” was too great a security risk. Photograph: Denis Charlet/EPA

It was all they would see of “the jungle”: black faces lined up along the road as the prime minister’s motorcade sped by, the chaotic jumble of shacks(...)

‘The boy’s eyes welled up with tears and his bottom lip protruded slightly. And is it any wonder?’ Photograph issued by the Irish Defence Forces

The face of the little boy has been haunting me since he was photographed by the Irish Naval Service crew of the LÉ Niamh, who had plucked him out of (...)

Mark English through to the semi-finals of the 800m in Beijing. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Things didn’t go entirely to plan for Mark English in the opening session of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, although after a slightly a(...)

Migrants walk along the railway tracks of the Eurotunnel terminal at the Calais-Frethun station outside the northern French port of Calais on August 10th, 2015. Photograph: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images

When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond. But to do that(...)

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