The Naval Services vessel LE Samuel Beckett, which has been deployed to the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Naval Services

Naval Service members rescuing migrants from the Mediterranean are not entitled to full overseas service payments because they are not in danger, the (...)

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(...)

Catalans gather for the closing rally of the parlimentary elections held last weekend. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Catalan nationalists have been studying Irish history. Frustrated in their attempts to get Madrid’s approval for a legal independence referendum, they(...)

Trooper Amy Crook and boyfriend Ger on return to Dublin. Photograph:  Peter Murtagh

Several members of an advance return party of the Defence Forces’ 48th Infantry Group deployed with the United Nations on the Golan Heights in Syria w(...)

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 (...)

 The State funeral of Thomas Kent at St Nicholas Church, Castlelyons, Co Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Applause greeted the arrival of the cortege, but all conversation stopped in the churchyard as the funeral procession came through the gates. The larg(...)

Thomas Francis Meagher: Meagher flew the first Tricolour flag on March 7th, 1848, from 33 the Mall, Waterford, at the Wolfe Tone Club.

Thousands of primary schools will be visited by Defence Forces staff for delivery of the national flag as part of 1916 commemorations. The Department(...)

Corporal Keelagh and Mr Darcy patrol the grounds of Trinity College in Dublin to mark the Emergency and Security Services Day. Photograph: Mark Hilliard/The Irish Times

Corporal Keelagh is arguably the most popular officer in the Defence Forces. She is placid, one of a rare breed; although it must be said her bite wou(...)

Aylan Kurdi, one of the two Syrian toddlers who drowned with their mother, is buried at home in Kobani on September 4th. Seeing scenes like that, Cork woman Mary wishes the Naval Service could magic these poor refugees to Cobh: ‘I would be down there, happy to take two or three people for a few months.’ Photograph: Herdem Dogrul/Reuters

Janette in Tipperary has a couple of spare rooms. Helen in Donegal has two mobile homes and a polytunnel. Mary in Cork has spare beds and would also r(...)

The scene at Balmer’s Bog near Dundalk in Co Louth where ther search for missing teenager Ciara Breen is taking place.  Members of the Defence Forces have joined gardaí in the ongoing operation. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson.

An army bomb disposal team was called to a bog in Dundalk, Co Louth on Thursday after a suspicious device was discovered during the search for a missi(...)