Irish naval ship LÉ Eithne arrives with rescued migrants at the Palermo harbor in Italy on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015. Photograph: AP/Alessandro Fucarini.

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he believes it is “unlikely” that the Naval Service will extend its role beyond humanitarian assistance in(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney one of three Ministers who have flown to Malta to pay tribute to the crew of the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Eithne. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Three Government Ministers have flown to the Maltese capital of Valletta to pay tribute to the 68-strong crew of the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Eith(...)

Gardaí took an average of 7.7 sick days last year, compared with 9.6 days for those working in the health sector. Photograph: Frank Miller

The cost of sick leave across the Public Service totalled almost €320 million last year, according to figures released on Monday. The Department of(...)

More specialised housing centres are required to help Defence Forces veterans stave off the threat of homelessness, a support organisation has claimed.

More specialised housing centres are required to help Defence Forces veterans stave off the threat of homelessness, a support organisation has claimed(...)

Migrants picked up by LÉ Eithne crew earlier this month. Photograph: LÉ Eithne

Some 593 people have been rescued from six vessels off the Libyan coast by the Irish ship LÉ Eithne. The Defence Forces said the rescue operations co(...)

Eoghan Ó Neachtain assisting German chancellor Angela Merkel in  Dublin in 2008. Photograph: Eric Luke

A former government press secretary who served three different taoisigh has been appointed as a director of a public relations company with strong Fin(...)

Kevin Joyce and Hugh Doherty were killed while serving on a UN mission in south Lebanon.

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has received the report into the killing of two Irish soldiers in Lebanon 34 years ago. Former High Court judge Rod(...)

A Palestinian man  waits for a travel permit to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel has claimed the Israel Defence Forces’ operation in Gaza last summer was a moral, defensive war conducted in accordance with international law.(...)

Cmdt Nile (Niall) Donohoe: displayed ‘flagrant contempt to [his] senior officer’, said military court judge. Photograph: Collins Courts

An Air Corps commandant who was found guilty of assaulting a superior officer will not face dismissal from the Defence Forces, a military court has(...)

To date, the LÉ Eithne which has on board a crew of 67 plus two Army medics, has rescued 1,153 migrants. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces 0:56

The LÉ Eithne has returned to sea after disembarking 399 migrants from north Africa whom the ship’s crew rescued from the southern Mediterranean on Sa(...)