An LÉ Niamh rescue operation in the Mediterranean.  File photograph: Irish Defence Forces/AFP/Getty Images

The State will send a fourth Naval Service ship to help rescue refugees in the Mediterranean later in the year irrespective of what parties are in gov(...)

Ministers Heather Humphreys and Simon Harris with the Taoiseach and Mayor Tom Farrell on their way to Carrick O’Brien in Athlone. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny spent yesterday visiting regions affected by the extensive flooding that has occurred over the past month. After criticism from(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny visits flooded parts of Athlone, Co Westmeath, on Thursday afternoon on a trailer drawn by a tractor. Photograph: Fergal O’Brien/Twitter

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has on Thursday defended himself against Opposition criticism that he has delayed for almost a month before visiting the areas an(...)

Flooding in Athlone. Photograph: Harry McGee

Met Éireann on Thursday night has issued a status yellow rainfall warning for Counties Cork and Kerry, cautioning that 25mm to 35mm of rain should be (...)

University Hospital Galway. Its emergency department is the second-busiest such unit in the State. Photograph: Eric Luke

University College Hospital Galway’s emergency department is consistently breaching international guidelines on ensuring patients receive medical att(...)

The GAA pitch beside Coláiste Ghobnait on Inis Oírr. Photograph: Cormac Coyne

Windguru and Magic Seaweed are not websites most school principals would consult first thing every morning, but then Mairéad Ní Fhátharta’s daily rou(...)

Search and rescue helicopters operated by the Irish Coastguard will not be able to use the helipad planned for the new national children’s hospital, it has emerged. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Search and rescue helicopters operated by the Irish Coastguard will not be able to use the helipad planned for the new national children’s hospital, i(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney:  “We have good responsive capacity within An Garda Síochána and within the Defence Forces.”.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Defence Forces officers have expressed concern at the ability of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps to respond if the State was subjected to terro(...)

Members of the Air Corps in Merrion Square in Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Defence Forces officers have expressed concern at the ability of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps to respond if there was a terrorist attack in t(...)

Defence Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen Conor Doyle, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and Secretary General at the Department of Defence Maurice Quinn at the launch of the new White Paper on Defence at Dublin Castle last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney.

Many years ago during a defence debate in another jurisdiction, an opposition member with a military background was trying to make a point. He argued (...)