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(...)

An Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky from Shannon was deployed, and was en route to Inis Mór when it was diverted to Kerry. A second Irish Coast Guard helicopter was then sent from Waterford and flew the woman to hospital

The Health Service Executive (HSE) West has defended a decision to deploy two successive Irish Coast Guard helicopters to the Aran island of Inis Mó(...)

Air Corps crew and OPW workers remove a delivery of stone from the helipad on Skellig Michael. Photographs: David Sleator 1:25

The Air Corps has flown restoration materials by helicopter to Skellig Michael, off the Kerry coast, for the third time, a month before the Une(...)