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

The chief suspect in the 1980 murder of two Irish peacekeepers, Mahmoud Bazzi, could go free under an amnesty covering crimes committed during the (...)

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(...)

Irish peacekeepers on patrol  in Lebanon. The British army does not have  experience in such operations. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives

A historic agreement on defence co-operation between Ireland and the UK will be signed by senior Ministers from the two countries later this month.The(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan at a UN peacekeeping summit in New York.

The Government has agreed to train African military officers, most likely from Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda, in peacekeeping skills in Ireland and Af(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney accompanied by Lt Col Dennis Harrington (left) Officer Commanding , at a review of the 46th Infantry Group at a ceremony in Custume Barracks, Athlone. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney will today brief the Cabinet on the deployment of Irish peacekeeping troops to the Golan Heights following the rece(...)

Fr Francis Gleeson was chaplain to the Royal Munster Fusiliers as they faced battle on the Western Front and is depicted in the well-known painting The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois by Fortunino Matania

The diaries of a priest who was chaplain in the first World War are to go on public display for the first time on Friday as part of the Catholic Archd(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has rejected a call by a leading Irish academic for Ireland to abandon its traditional policy on military neutrality. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has rejected a call by a leading Irish academic for Ireland to abandon its traditional policy on military neutralit(...)

An Irish  member of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (gestures in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.  Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

The Irish military’s status as being among the best peacekeepers and peace-enforcers in the world might seem like a tired cliché. There was nothing ti(...)

Israeli soldiers watch the Syrian side of the border near the Quneitra crossing point between Syria and Israel yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Atef Safadi

The UN Security Council has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of abducted peacekeepers and the withdrawal of insurgents from UN observ(...)