The Greek island of Lesbos has been a transit point for hundreds of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers. Moria refugee camp is a former detention centre with capacity for less than 3,000 people. Caoimhe Butterly meets some of the families caught up in the chaos and despair.
President Michael D Higgins was right when he criticised the Turkish military intervention in Syria: “I am appalled by any possibility of coercion or forced returns of refugees and underline, in the strongest terms, that any attempt at demographic change is not acceptable.”
Ireland’s elevation to Test status led to a change in England and Wales Cricket Board eligibility regulations, which came into effect last month, meaning Irish internationals must either stop representing their country to continue with their county
Understandably, and commendably, US president Mr Trump wants his troops out of Afghanistan and back home before he runs for a second term next year. His Mexican Wall has not been built; North Korea is still a potential nuclear power; he has not succeeded in repatriating jobs; his promise to cut the US trade deficit has been broken — it’s at a record high; federal debt has soared; and the Washington swamp, far from being drained, has been replenished. Ending an 18-year-long war that has been so costly in blood and treasure, 220,000 lives and €875bn, would be a notable tick in the credit column.
A three-man "hit for hire team" have received sentences totalling 36.5 years at the Special Criminal Court for planning to kill a member of the Hutch family before they were intercepted by gardai just 250 metres from their target's home in Dublin's north inner city.
An accident and emergency hospital doctor who called a patient a “motherfucker” and struck him on the face and head has been suspended for three months, with conditions to be attached to his registration following the suspension.
Silence from the global community on a “direct assault” on the international criminal justice system by “ill-wishers” is not tactical and sends the wrong signal, the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) chief prosecutor has warned.