A kite, of the type being developed by the Naval Service, in use on a commercial vessel

The Defence Forces battle against international crime gangs, that smuggle drugs and guns through Irish waters, and armed militia in international flas(...)

Members of the Irish Army Ranger Wing in Goz Beida in Chad: meagre manpower and difficult terrain will benefit from  the ability to see via drones and telescopes attached to kites. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

While little-heralded, the significance of the battle the Naval Service is engaged in with international narcotics gangs cannot be overstated. In rece(...)

SkySails kite technology can make big savings in energy costs for long-haul cargo ships

Telling someone to go fly a kite has taken on a whole new and more positive meaning. The Defence Forces’ innovation unit is leading a research study t(...)

A family is identified as they disembark from LÉ Niamh at the Palermo harbour in Sicily, Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Fucarini /AP Photo

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh has rescued another 358 people in the Mediterranean. The patrol ship picked up the migrants in a wooden barge a(...)

Jimmy Devaney (66) of Millbrook Avenue, Monksland, Athlone, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering Marie Greene in Westmeath on February 13th, 2011.  Photograph: Frank Miller

A retired member of the Defence Forces accused of murdering a woman in Co Westmeath told gardaí he was being blackmailed by her for up to €40,000 or s(...)

The Swiss Air Force aerobatic team at the 10th annual Bray Air Display. Picture Nick Bradshaw 1:57

Record crowds were on hand to witness some spectacular displays of aerial acrobatics and an impromptu proposal during the 10th annual Bray Air Display(...)

Members of the Air Corps pictured at the Defence Forces Military Changing of the Guard Ceremony  in Merrion Square Park Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Donal Jevens was at the military guard ceremony in Dublin’s Merrion Square to remember his son David (21), who was killed in service on an Air Corp tr(...)

Lissadell House in Sligo, a fine place for a Cabinet retreat. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

They’ll be in marvellous form by the time they get to Sligo, with nearly three hours of team bonding before the meeting proper begins. It was Enda’s (...)

An investigation into why the grenade was thrown at the house in under way. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Army Bomb Disposal Team was called out on Friday afternoon to dispose of a live modern hand grenade that was thrown at the window of a house in Du(...)

Chef Paul O’Shea with his daughter Caoimhe (2) on Friday as the LÉ Eithne returned to Haulbowline. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

An Able Seaman who returned from a search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean on board the LÉ Eithne clearly had his priorities in order on Friday(...)