Lt Henning Hauser unfurls the German flag on the bow of the flagship FGS Donau, berthed in Dublin.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ah yes. Our gallant allies in Europe have arrived at last. A tad late maybe. But, hey! They’re here. Led by the German navy’s FGS Donau, the Nato flot(...)

For much of the 20th century, Ireland had an ambivalent relationship with the second World War. On the one hand, Ireland was one of just five E(...)