The HMAS Newcastle intercepted a dhow carrying the drugs

Australian warship seizes heroin worth €500m

24 Jun An Australian warship patrolling in the Middle East has seized a haul of 581kg of heroin with an estimated street value of more than half a billion euro, a naval official said this morning.

Tara in the Arctic Ocean (Pic A.Deniaud/Tara Expéditions)

Results of massive plankton study published

22 May Scientists have unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, and also provide half the oxygen we breathe.

IFA chief Eddie Downey objects to the publication of payments on the basis of confidentiality

Farmers angry over EU payment list publication

30 May The President of the IFA, Eddie Downey, has said that farmers are extremely angry that the Department of Agriculture has published full details on its website of EU payments that individual farmers received last year.

The LE Eithne mission is subject to Cabinet approval

LE Eithne may aid in migrant crisis

09 May A spokesman for Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the decision to send LE Eithne to aid in the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean has still to be formally approved by the Cabinet.

The burnt-out ferry could sink in the position where the rescue was carried out

Passengers rescued from burning ferry off Spain

28 Apr Spanish emergency services safely evacuated over 150 people from a burning ferry crossing the Mediterranean from the island of Mallorca to the Spanish port of Valencia, government and port authorities said this afternoon.