Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said the term “battle group” was “unfortunate and misleading”. He said this term  described the force size rather than its role and said it was a “standard technical military term for a battalion-sized force with support elements comprising 1,500 personnel”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Dáil has accepted by an overwhelming 72 to 25 majority Ireland’s participation in an EU battle group, led by Germany, to be established next year.(...)

PDforra, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew, believes while increased recruitment may bring more women into the ranks, more flexibility needs to be introduced in order to retain them. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Radical new work practices are needed in the army, air corps, and naval service if a Government target of doubling the number of women serving is to b(...)

LE Niamh, with yacht suspected of carrying about €80 million euros  worth of cocaine after it was stormed by an Irish Naval team 200 nautical miles off Mizen Head. Photograph:   Defence Forces Ireland/PA Wire

The Naval Service ship LÉ Niamh, which has rescued more than 4,100 from the Mediterranean, is due to return to Cork harbour on Friday morning. The shi(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has moved to dampen speculation about the general election taking place this year, saying the Coalition wants to stay in power and implement its policies. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has moved to dampen speculation about the general election taking place this year, saying the Coalition wants t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and Minister of State Jimmy Deenihan were all stuck in a lift together in Co Kildare toda(...)

Minister  Simon Coveney and Pat Byrne, founder and executive chairman of Cityjet at the innaugral Cork - London City flight out of Cork Airport Thursday morning. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Irish airline CityJet is considering operating summer routes from Cork to regional airports in France and Italy, the company’s executive chairman, Pat(...)

Eva Nolan (7) from Wexford with  EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan  at a farm safety demo at the Macra stand at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Pat Moore.

EU agricultural commissioner Phil Hogan has said “significant traction” is being gained to ensure supermarket chains do not exploit farmers by paying (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Confidence? No confidence? Actually, it was a motion of no consequence. And everyone in Leinster House knew it. Photograph: Eric Luke

A day lost discussing a spelling error. It took an English teacher to recognise it. The Dáil returned from its lengthy summer break to debate a motion(...)

 Tánaiste Joan Burton: “It is also clear from the report that Mr Callinan dealt with the circumstances of the retirement in an extremely dignified fashion.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton expressed confidence in the two central political figures in the Callinan resignation controversy. “I have full(...)

President Michael D Higgins speaking with Thomas Kent’s nieces Kathleen Kent and Prudence Riordan and his grandnephew Michael Riordan, after Kent’s State funeral. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland needs people who believe in their community, their country and in putting others before themselves, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told mourners at the (...)