A new accommodation centre for people seeking asylum is to open in Ennis, Co Clare, by the end of the year.
President Higgins' Christmas message: 'Do we dismiss them... telling them there is no room at our inn?'
Michael D Higgins also urged people to take action on the climate crisis in his annual address.
Cutbacks in the Defence Forces, coupled with an ever-increasing shortage of naval personnel, have made Ireland the softest target in the EU for international drug smugglers, a security expert has warned.
The first residents have moved into a new housing scheme that mixes seniors, young people and foreigners who came to Sweden as unaccompanied minors seeking asylum. They are required to socialize with each other.
The Taoiseach has said he is glad that Verona Murphy did not get elected in the Wexford by-election.
THE number of people trying to sneak into Ireland through Cork Airport and the Port of Cork has increased in the past year, with gardaí believing many want to access the UK before Brexit.