President Michael D Higgins: will be present at ecumenical service to mark death 1,000 years ago.Photograph: Alan Betson

President Michael D Higgins will attend an ecumenical service in Dublin today to mark the death of Brian Boru 1,000 years ago at the Battle of (...)

Cheryl Mellett, Athlone, Co Westmeath, who has lost her appeal at the Supreme Court. Photograph: Collins/Courts

A soldier has lost her Supreme Court bid to prevent her recommended discharge from the Defence Forces following her failure to(...)

The funeral cortege of Air Corps Cadet David Jevens at St Alphonsus Church Barntown, Co Wexford, in October 2009. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister for Defence Alan Shatter has said that no further investigation is warranted into the Air Corps training crash on the Galway-Mayo bord(...)

The Minister    for Defence Alan Shatter said there were no plans to review the admissibility criteria on the visibility of tattoos. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Applicants with visible tattoos are turned down by the Defence Forces, the Dáil was told. Minister for Defenc(...)

Conference organiser prof Eunan O’Halpin of Trinity College Dublin said the mutiny was “above all an enormous British constitutional crisis”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

in The Curragh The Curragh Mutiny of March 1914 had a disastrous effect on discipline within the British Army and inflicted irretriev(...)

Winners of the best international band, the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Marching Colonials from Massachusettes, USA. Photograph: Alan Place/FusionShooters.

With the theme music from hit movies like Superman and James Bond and even an appearance by ‘Jaws’ the killer shark, there was plenty to keep s(...)

“After any seasonal scandal escapes from the shadows, we revert to our well-practised, handwringing default mode. Expressions of grave concern are chimed out with calls for transparency and accountability, as though we had never thought of these before.” Photograph:  Collins

The concept of ombudsman, with its origin in Nordic lands, has been adopted and developed throughout the world and is recognised as being compl(...)

An Aer Corps helicopter lands to extract an injured soldier during an excercise in which 129 Defence Forces soldiers from the 44 Infantry Group entered the final phase of intense training in preparation for their forthcoming deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force, (UNDOF) based in the Golan Heights region of Syria. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

The situation in Syria facing a new deployment of Irish troops travelling there in coming weeks is volatile and can worsen at any time and wit(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at the Oireachtas  Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions hearing. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Alan Shatter has had the good fortune to be Minister for Justice at a time of sustained falls in reported crime. Prison overcrowding has(...)

Armed gardaí have arrested two Defence Forces personnel in connection with dissident terrorist activity and the discovery of a pipe bomb in Co Donegal.

Armed gardaí have arrested two Defence Forces personnel in connection with dissident terrorist activity and the discovery of a pipe bomb in Co (...)

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