The LE Aoife in Dun Laoghaire. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland has agreed to donate the recently decommissioned LE Aoife to the Maltese armed forces as part of an agreement reached between the two countrie(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney: “Significant" role for Defence Forces in 1916 centenary commemorations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland’s Defence Forces will play a “significant” role in the Easter Rising centenary commemorations, according to Minister for Defence Simon Cove(...)

Mahmoud Bazzi (centre), is suspected of murdering two Irish soldiers serving with the United Nations 34 years ago. Photograph: PA

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said he hopes justice will be served in the case of Mahmoud Bazzi, the chief suspect in the 1980 murder of two (...)

The Garda requested the Defence Forces to attend the scene at Broadstone, in the north Dublin city area, after  bomb parts were discovered on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Bomb components were made safe by an Army bomb disposal team in Phibsboro, Dublin, on Thursday afternoon. The Garda requested the Defence Forces to a(...)

A member of the Naval Service has won his action aimed at preventing his discharge from the Defence Forces over injuries he sustained several years ago while playing football.

A member of the Naval Service has won his action aimed at preventing his discharge from the Defence Forces over injuries he sustained several years ag(...)

Drones could  be used to monitor isolated areas where gardaí believe fuel smugglers were operating or criminals were storing drugs or other contraband.  File photograph: Getty Images 1:22

The Garda is considering the use of robotic drones that could be deployed on covert surveillance flights or to overtly aid other police work.The Irish(...)

Clare Daly: Independent TD  argues that as Ireland was a neutral country, its Defence Forces personnel should never have had any involvement with the occupational forces in Afghanistan. Photograph: Alan Betson

A demand by Independent TD Clare Daly for a withdrawal of Irish troops from Afghanistan was rejected by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney. The Minis(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin greets Shaikh Hussein Halawa, the imam of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland after Mass in the Pro-Cathedral. Photograph: John McElroy.

The need to build “a culture of dialogue and respect’’ was stressed by Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin at a Mass in the Pro-Cathedral in solid(...)

The signing later this month of a defence co-operation agreement between Ireland and the UK by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and British defence (...)

Doctors at an Ebola Treatment Center in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

A Defence Forces medical team is to be trained in combating the Ebola virus before flying out to Sierra Leone this month. It is the first time a Defen(...)