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 President Michael D Higgins. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has described the EU’s response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean as “grossly inadequate” and “shameful”. Mr H(...)

French police patrol as they try to stop migrants crossing the fence to access the Channel Tunnel. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters.

The Channel Tunnel could be closed at night if the crisis in Calais worsens as it was disclosed that an African migrant walked nearly the entire lengt(...)

Critics of direct provision will be disappointed at plans to expand the system. Photograph: Alan Betson

As many as 12 new direct provision centres are to be opened to accommodate asylum seekers, The Irish Times has learned. One centre in Co L(...)

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella: Ireland among the ‘more generous’ countries in accepting refugees.  Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella has praised the Irish response to this year’s Meditteranean migrant crisis. Speaking to the Italian parliamentary(...)

Migrants walk near the road where lorries pass after leaving their hiding spot at the Eurotunnel site in Calais. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Britain and France have pledged to increase resources to help deal with the escalating migrant crisis in Calais, as thousands of migrants try to ente(...)

Migrants walk along railway tracks at the Eurotunnel terminal on July 28th. Photograph: AFP

One migrant has died after hundreds of illegal migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in Calais overnight, operator Eurotunnel said. The latest in(...)

Members of  Irish Navy vessel LÉ Niamh rescue refugees in the ongoing humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean.

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh is due into the Sicilian port of Messina this morning with the bodies of 14 migrants, along with 453 people res(...)

Costs arise mostly from accommodation and legal fees in direct provision system. Photograph: The Irish Times

The State has spent more than €700 million in the past five years on accommodation costs and legal fees for people seeking refugee or protection statu(...)

Lorries and cars queue on A16 motorway close to the Channel Tunnel terminal access in Calais, northern France. Photograph: Reuters

Passengers using the shuttle to cross the channel from France to England are facing hours of delays following a brief suspension of services due to mi(...)

The Minister said there was “no discussion whatsoever” with Labour about a joint approach to the next general election. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said Fine Gael and Labour have not discussed a joint approach to the next election but her “preference” is a r(...)

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