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Thursday 1 June 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Mediterranean

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# crisis
UN refugee agency fears 500 migrants drowned in Mediterranean
The UNHCR released a statement today after interviewing survivors.
# sea land air
Irish ships in the Mediterranean rescued almost 9,000 migrants in 2015
Both Ireland’s maritime Defence Forces and its Coast Guard have had a year to remember.
# madame claude
France's brothel keeper to the rich and famous has passed away aged 92
It was alleged that her clients included John F. Kennedy, Marlon Brando and the Shah of Iran.
# conflict zone
Enda is off to visit our troops in the Golan Heights
The Taoiseach will be visiting the Irish men and women serving in the Golan Heights this Sunday.
# arduous journey
The many different routes that migrants are taking to reach western Europe...
Migrants are travelling huge distances even before they reach the Mediterranean and the harrowing voyage across.
# migrant crisis
As many as 200 bodies found floating as boat sinks in Mediterranean
This brings to number of those killed in the Mediterranean this year to more than 2,500.
# razor-wire fences
Merkel vows zero tolerance for migrant hate - as 55 bodies found on boats
Meanwhile the Defence Forces have rescued hundreds of people – including 71 children – in an operation tonight.
# Italy
More than 40 people suffocated in hold of migrant boat
The boat which was intercepted off the Italian coast was carrying around 300 people.
# Mediterranean
LÉ Niamh leads search for survivors of capsized migrant boat as 25 confirmed dead
It’s believed that up to 600 people were on board the stricken vessel.
# saving lives
Irish sailors have saved 358 migrants drifting in a wooden barge
The LÉ Niamh is patrolling the Mediterranean.
A bridge and a boat are set to get some famous Irish names
WB Yeats and a hero of 1916 are set to be immortalised in different ways.
# destiny child
Mother and baby 'doing well' after childbirth aboard LÉ Niamh
The baby – who is four weeks premature – has been taken to hospital in Italy.
# hello sailor
Kisses all round as LÉ Eithne sailors welcomed back home
It has also been reported this morning that Ireland is set to take in an additional 600 migrants over the next two years.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Friday
Omar Sharif, Dublin Port and new advice on Tunisia had people talking today.
# Mediterranean
Ireland will NOT be taking part in a new EU mission to destroy migrant boats
The operation aims to ‘dismantle the business model’ of human traffickers.
'I was aware that I could have easily died at sea. But I had to leave, I had no choice'
More than 1,800 people have died this year crossing the Mediteranean Sea. Here, people who have survived explain what drove them to such desperate measures.
# migrant crisis
LÉ Eithne to be recalled from Mediterranean in a month's time
Another Irish Naval vessel will be sent to replace the Éithne, once her mission comes to an end.
# LE Eithne
Video: Hundreds of rescued migrants aboard Irish ship arrive in Italy
Over 1,150 people have been rescued by the LÉ Eithne in the 10 days in which it has been operating in the Mediterranean.
# Mediterranean
Irish Naval ship LÉ Eithne has rescued another 113 migrants off the coast of Libya
In five successful missions, the crew has now rescued 756 migrants in the Mediterranean.
# migrant crisis
Pictures: 500 migrants rescued - as LÉ Eithne carries out THREE operations in 24 hours
The third operation is still ongoing. The Defence Forces’ flagship came across a dingy with 100 migrants on board at 9.45am this morning.
# up anchor
These Irish seamen are setting sail for the Mediterranean today
There’s 68 on board the LÉ Eithne.
# Mediterranean
Ireland WILL be sending the LÉ Eithne to help with the Mediterranean refugee crisis
Around 1,750 people have died this year trying to cross the sea from North Africa to Europe.
# Mediterranean crisis
EU wants refugee quotas for member states and the UK's not happy
Frances Fitzgerald can’t comment on the issue.
# Mediterranean
We're sending the LÉ Eithne to help tackle the migrant crisis
Preparations for the mission are currently taking place at Haulbowline in Cork.
# Operation Triton
Migrant crisis: Almost 3,700 people rescued in Mediterranean - since yesterday morning
It’s one of the highest numbers recorded in a single day – raising concerns the tide of people trying to reach Europe hasn’t been slowed by recent tragedies.
Why the death toll in the Mediterranean is surging
The boats are getting ever more rickety and the numbers crammed on them are increasing.
To stop drownings, Europe should ferry across migrants itself
I am a believer in tight border security, but I cannot turn a blind eye wanton waste of life in the Mediterranean.
# smugglers
Taoiseach: 'The equivalent of three jumbo jets were lost in the Mediterranean'
Once it has been approved by the UN security council, however.
# Mediterranean
Two survivors arrested as 800 die in migrant ship disaster
The two arrested are suspected to be traffickers.
# migrant crisis
"To send them back is another way of killing them"
At least twenty people, including a child, are said to have died in one of the latest incidents.
# migrant crisis
Ireland WILL be taking in more refugees - but Charlie Flanagan's not saying how many
European ministers are holding crisis meetings today to respond to the latest Mediterranean migrant disasters.
# Migrants
'We're looking at the worst massacre ever seen in the Mediterranean'
A crisis meeting is being held today over the migrant disaster.
# Migrant Boats
Muslim migrants arrested for throwing Christians overboard, killing 12
The deadly dispute coincided with reports of a new migrant drowning tragedy and comes as Italy struggles to cope with a huge influx of boat migrants.
# Dangerous Crossing
A year after 300 died off Lampedusa, migrants still risk lives to get to Europe
The UN’s refugee agency wants Europe to do more.
# Trafficking
Fears for 500 on sunken boat as two Palestinian migrants are rescued in Mediterranean
The UN has estimated that 2,200 people have drowned crossing the seas since June.
Crete tragedy: Symphony orchestra holds minute's silence for John and Kevin
Violist John Lynch and his partner, Kevin Devine, died on Friday off a beach in the town of Kissamos.
# Mediterranean
Two Irishmen die in Crete drowning tragedy
The tragedy happened on Friday. The Department of Foreign Affairs is assisting the families of the two men.
# Giglio
It'll take four days to tug the Costa Concordia to its final destination
Genoa is 340km away.
# the high seas
Map shows where Homer’s Odyssey really took place
The action described in the ancient epic poem spans the breadth of the Mediterranean Sea.
# Refugee boats
Nearly 700 refugees rescued off the coast of Sicily
Asylum-seekers from five different boats have been intercepted over the past 24 hours according to the Italian coastguard.