The Italian Navy's Scirocco ship lands in Naples with 323 migrants of various nationalities aboard

4,000 migrants rescued by Italian navy

22.03 The Italian Navy released video footage today showing one of their busiest ever weekends where they assisted nearly 4,000 migrants who were found crowded on boats off the Italian coast.

The volcano system has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks (Pic: @uni_iceland)

Icelandic volcano still spouting lava, but no ash

20.24 A fissure eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano was still spouting lava today, but no ash, a day after an eruption that briefly caused the country to raise its ash alert level for aviation to its highest level.

Geoffrey Shannon said the law needs to keep pace with technology

Call for up date to laws on cyber bullying

19.44 The Special Rapporteur on Child Protection has said a full audit of existing legislation dealing with cyber bullying is needed to ensure a comprehensive response to the growing problem.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Ukrainian parliament was expected to abandon the country's non-aligned status

NATO expects law change on Ukraine status

21.55 NATO's Secretary-General has said that Ukraine's political leaders expected the Ukrainian parliament to abandon the country's non-aligned status after an October election.

Israeli security forces on duty at the separation barrier in the village of Bilin, near the West Bank city of Ramallah last week

Israel claims West Bank land for settlement

21.56 Israel has announced a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a rebuke from the US.

NAMA said its aim is to achieve the best financial return on loans to repay money owed to the taxpayer

NAMA criticised over sale of properties in bulk

17.35 Auctioneers and Fianna Fáil's finance spokesman have called on NAMA to stop allowing large tranches of houses and apartments to be sold in blocks and to sell them to individual buyers instead.

Volkswagen continues to be the most popular car brand in Ireland, while the company's Golf is the most popular model

Car sales 32% higher in August: SIMI

17.22 More than 4,870 cars were sold in August, according to figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, up almost 32% on the same month last year.

A displaced Iraqi woman walks through the Bahrka refugee camp

At least 1,420 killed in Iraq last month

16.38 Violence in Iraq has left at least 1,420 people dead during the month of August as Iraqi forces fought to regain areas overrun by jihadist-led militants, the United Nations has said.

Inquiry into Dr Declan Egan's treatment of Lorna McKeogh has been adjourned

Adjournment in Medical Council inquiry

16.28 A Medical Council inquiry into a case involving a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and his treatment of a woman with a condition that causes fallopian tubes to be blocked, has been adjourned.

Firefighters comb through the rubble looking for survivors

Death toll in Paris building blast rises to six

17.21 Six people have been confirmed dead after an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, reducing half a residential block to rubble, emergency services said this morning.

The number of people over 85 will have doubled in just over a decade

Number of those aged over 85 set to double

16.10 A report by Social Justice Ireland says the number of people in Ireland aged over 85 will double in just over a decade, meaning greater demand for healthcare facilities and services.

UN officials in the Golan Heights are continuing efforts to negotiate the release of 44 Fijian soldiers

Calls for Irish troops to stay on in Syria

31 Aug Fianna Fáil TD and party defence spokesman Seán Ó Fearghaíl has suggested the current Irish contingent of soldiers in the Golan Heights should have their time there extended if the current difficulties being experienced there continue.

Ashya was being treated in a Southampton hospital when his parents removed him

Police defend handling of Ashya King case

31 Aug The police officer who led the successful search for a severely-ill boy, who had been removed from a UK hospital to Spain by his parents, has defended the handling of the investigation.

Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying the lawful interests of his people must be protected

Putin calls for talks on eastern Ukraine

31 Aug Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Russia endorsed calls for independence for separatist-held territory.

County Councils have reported a high volume of calls and emails over the weekend

€1.5m of NPPR collected over the weekend

31 Aug A spokesperson for the Local Government Management Agency has said an additional €1.5m of the Non Principal Private Residence tax was collected over the weekend.