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 (...)

Members of the Irish Defence forces pictured patrolling the perimeter of Dublin airport. An organisation representing officers has expressed concern at falling personnel numbers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

The strength of the Defence Forces has been reduced as far as it can go, the Representative Association for Commissioned Officers (Raco) has said. The(...)

Minister for Defence Alan Shatter reviewing 43 Infantry Group UNDOF on the eve of its departure for a tour of peacekeeping duty in the Golan Heights in September. Photograph: Dave Meehan

An investigation into a fire fight involving Irish troops in Syria last week has found the troops were deliberately ambushed by armed elements and tha(...)

Newly commissioned officer Vivienne O’Grady hugs her mother Lily at the Naval Service officer commissioning ceremony in Haulbowline, Cork.

The Government remains committed to supporting the Naval Service to ensure Ireland’s sovereignty is maintained over the State’s maritime jurisdiction,(...)

Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence Alan Shatter performing a ministerial review of the 43rd Infantry Group before their departure for a tour of peacekeeping duty in the Golan Heights in Syria. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish troops have all the training and specialist equipment they need to deal with any possible chemical warfare incident during their deployment to S(...)

“We have been assured by the United Nations that every arrangement that is possible will be put in place to ensure their safety and security,” said  Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore yesterday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The safety and security of Irish troops in the Middle East region has been paramount in the Government’s discussions with the United Nations on the Sy(...)