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(...)

US president Barack Obama: “I am convinced that the United States should not get dragged back into another prolonged ground war in the Middle East,” he said. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress to approve military force against Islamic State (IS) extremists, limiting action to three years and (...)

 The LÉ Aoife, the longest serving vessel in the Naval Service fleet, has been decommissioned. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Naval Service ship involved in recovering the black box from Air India Flight 182 in 1985 has been decommissioned today by Minister of State for D(...)

The Government has said the use of  airspace controlled by the Irish Aviation Authority by two Russian bomber jets on Wednesday is unacceptable. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has labelled the use of Irish-controlled airspace by two Russian bomber airplanes on Wednesday as unacceptable.A joint statement releas(...)

Professor Lokesh Joshi of NUI Galway

The EU military is trying to develop ways to protect soldiers against biological warfare and it has turned to an Irish company to help develop a defen(...)

The Government’s far-reaching reform plan is due to be announced by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin later this week. Photograph:  Collins

The Government is expected to turn down an expert group’s key recommendation to appoint a head of the Irish Civil Service when it unveils a far-reachi(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin told the Dá
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the primary purpose of the comprehensive review of expenditure was to provide an evidence base for Government decisions on ministerial expenditure ceilings for the next three years. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The departments of health and education sought almost €700 million more in funding than they were allocated in the budget, official papers show. Submi(...)

Protesters wear masks reading “Mato Resign” (in reference to Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato) during a demonstration yesterday against government spending cuts in the health care sector, outside the Carlos III hospital in Madrid, where a nurse who contracted Ebola is being treated. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

The Government has moved to allay concern over the growing threat posed by the outbreak of Ebola disease.The crisis, which this week saw the first Ebo(...)

An unknown casualty of the National Army. Photograph: Military Archive 4:23

The tragic consequences of the Civil War for families at all levels of Irish society are graphically illustrated in the pension claims arising from th(...)

Michael Collins addresses a Dublin crowd at College Green after signing the Treaty establishing the Free State in 1922.  Photograph: Hulton Archive 4:23

For those who played an active role in the War of Independence from 1916 to 1921, the Civil War of 1922 to 1923 brought many of their aspirations and (...)