A solider takes a moment to remember Private Caomhán Seoighe time before the unveiling of a memorial in his memory today on Inis Oírr on Friday. Pte Seoighe was kidnapped in 1981 in the Lebanon aged 20. His remains were never recovered. Photograph: Cormac Coyne.

Thousands of kilometres from where he disappeared, a lone Aran island soldier has been remembered on home sands of Inis Oírr with a monument dedicated(...)

President Michael D Higgins lays a wreath at the Irish UN memorial in the southern Lebanon village of Tibnin. Photograph: Mohammed Zaatari/AP

The 47 Irish soldiers who lost their lives during United Nations peacekeeping missions in south Lebanon have been honoured by President Michael D Hig(...)

Prince Charles, President Michael D Higgins,   Prince Harry and President of the Republic of Turkey  Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

There are white carnations on the graves of the erstwhile forgotten Irish of V Beach this morning.They were put there by a president and by his wife, (...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with Prince Charles at a remembrance concert in the Istanbul Congress Centre. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

On a stone memorial at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, where world leaders will gather today to mark the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest campaigns (...)

Emergency ordinance survey bomb disposal engineers take part in a training exercise as some of 130 soldiers from the 46th Infantry Group go through final preparations at the Glen of Imaal ahead of deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force in the Golan Heights region of Syria. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Continued Defence Force participation in the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission on the Golan Heights (Undof) is likely to depend on the troops there(...)

President Micheal D Higgins laying a wreath to honour those who died during the Easter Rising in 1916. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister of State Brian Hayes has said he “fundamentally disagrees” with those who say members of Britain’s royal (...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Army head chaplain Msgr Eoin Thynne: had mentioned the President’s message in ‘reference to the general change in society with reference to the meaning of Christmas’, an Army spokesman said. Photograph: Defence Forces

Defence Forces chief of staff Lieut Gen Conor O’Boyle has conveyed his regret for any embarrassment caused to President Michael D Higgins as a resu(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron visiting the grave of Irish MP Willie Redmond who died in the first World War. Photograph: PA Wire

A downpour at dawn cleared as Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron paid a solemn visit to the sparse, bloodied Flanders lands(...)

Lieut Gen Conor O’Boyle: said some personnel now living long distances from the nearest barracks could not be accommodated easily and needed to consider this

The strength of the Defence Forces has been reduced as far as it can go and the Government and senior military leaderships cannot expect badly needed (...)