Defence Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen Conor Doyle, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and Secretary General at the Department of Defence Maurice Quinn at the launch of the new White Paper on Defence at Dublin Castle last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney.

Many years ago during a defence debate in another jurisdiction, an opposition member with a military background was trying to make a point. He argued (...)

Members of the bomb disposal unit made safe an explosive device found in Dublin.

A viable bomb found in the Tolka Valley Park area of Finglas, in Dublin was disabled by the Army Bomb Disposal Team on Saturday afternoon. A number o(...)

“This is a highly deplorable incident,”  Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said over the sending of a suspicious package sent to his constituency office. “It is not something any office of any occupation should have to deal with at any time.”  File photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has condemned whoever sent a threatening package to his constituency office. A package, containing a suspiciou(...)

The constituency offices (left) of Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly (right)  in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. File photographs: Google Street View/PA Wire

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has strongly condemned the sending of a threatening letter to his constituency office. A package containing a (...)

Do we really need an army these days? Defence Forces? Surely, a costly luxury that was once the sine qua non of statehood, but today has little real r(...)

As well as challenging the decision of the Minister for Defence to discharge him from the Permanent Defence Forces next month, Private Denis Dowd will seek a declaration that a Medical Corps Instruction, insofar as it refers to obesity, is repugnant to the Constitution.

A soldier who is considered too fat to serve his country can legally challenge a decision not to allow him extend his military service, the High Court(...)

A publicity shot for ‘Recruits’, a two-part documentary that airs on RTÉ One next week: the documentary follows new recruits as they make their way through a 17-week training period. Photograph: Hu O’Reilly

RTÉ One’s autumn documentary line-up gets under way next week with Recruits, a two-parter that gives the makers “unprecedented” access to the Irish De(...)

Soldiers from the 48th Infantry Group in training ahead of peacekeeping deployment in Golan Heights. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

The White Paper on defence is long overdue and welcome. The previous one, the first of its kind in the Republic, was published in 2000. Since then,(...)

Members of the Defence Forces form a Guard of Honour at the State Ceremony to mark the Centenary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers in 2013. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Government’s new White Paper on Defence includes a new employment support scheme aimed at disadvantaged young people. Defence Forces personnel wil(...)

Maj Gen Michael Finn:  ‘It is a critical challenge to find ways to address the contentious issue of caveats and to maintain the integrity of peacekeeping missions into the future.’ Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Overseas missions are “vitally important” to the Defence Forces and help to project a very good image of Ireland internationally , according to a seni(...)