Ireland’s air corps, navy and defence forces have released their statistics for 2014, which show that army bomb disposal units received 100 fewer call-outs than in 2013. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Army bomb disposal units received 100 fewer call-outs this year than in 2013, in an otherwise busy year for Ireland’s air corps, navy and defence forc(...)

Being  winched onto  dangerously inaccessible rocks in the Atlantic Ocean is  an essential part of attempts to modernise maps for Ireland’s territorial seas, which cover an estimated 220 million marine acres (over 11 times the land mass of the island of Ireland). Photograph: Screengrab from Irish Air Corps video   2:05

When mulling over the job description of ordnance survey mapper, the thought of being dramatically winched onto rugged, windswept and dangerously inac(...)

US military use of Shannon Airport has long been a bone of contention for anti-war protesters. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Government received over 700 requests * last year for waivers allowing them to transport * firearms and dangerous materials through Shannon Airpor(...)

Jamie Smyth settled a personal injury claim for damages against the Minister for Defence. Photograph: Alan Betson

A former member of the Defence Forces has settled a €38,000 personal injury claim for damages against the Minister for Defence, for an undisclosed sum(...)

Minister for  Defence Simon Coveney  said the overall defence budget of €897 million and the budgetary process were about “stopping the cuts and maintaining expenditure into next year”. Photograph: Collins

A draft White Paper setting out defence policy for the next decade is expected before the end of the year, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney told the(...)

‘A Nightingale Falling’: a film set during the War of Independence, featuring Tara Breathnach, Gerard McCarthy and Muireann Bird.

A Nightingale Falling, a new movie about the Irish War of Independence co-financed by veteran aviation businessman Gerry Burke, has signed up 7&(...)

 Irish Army excercises in Port, Cork. Judge Col Campion said rules of conduct for military procedures were listed in the Defence Act. Photograph: Daragh MacSweeney/Provision

An Air Corps officer facing five court-martial charges including calling a superior a “piece of s**t” has been told his case cannot be stopped on the(...)

A Hawker Hunter jet does a practice run over Bray ahead of tomorrow’s Bray Air Display 2014
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Military Guard Ceremony A ceremonial military guard is to parade in Dublin today as part of an initiative to remember members of the Defence Forces wh(...)

Air Corps aircraft perform a fly-past during the National Day of Commemoration ceremony at Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There was a special emphasis on Irish people who died in the first World War during the National Day of Commemoration ceremony at the Royal Hospital (...)

John Quinn from Belfast Community Circus performing in the Drogheda Samba Festival along West Street in Drogheda. Photograph: Alan Betson

Round Ireland Yacht Race, Wicklow Thirty-six ocean-going yachts are confirmed for this year’s Round Ireland Yacht Race which begins today. It is Irela(...)