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(...)

A member of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) looks through binoculars at the Syrian side of the Qunietra crossing from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. An Irish Army officer is to  become the deputy force commander of the under pressure mission. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters.

A senior Irish Army officer will become the deputy force commander of the under pressure United Nations deployment in the Golan Heights, Syria. Brig G(...)

 Simon Coveney: “We need to get significant reassurance from the UN and if possible from the Israeli and Syrian side . . . that we can operate a UN mission in relative safety.”  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the UN mandate under which Irish troops are serving in the Golan Heights will have to be re-evaluated in light of det(...)

Irish UN personnel on patrol in the Golan Heights in 2013.

On Saturday, Irish troops exchanged fire with Islamist insurgents in Syria. In a dramatic rescue, Irish troops of the 44th Infantry Group extracted 35(...)

Prof Brigid Laffan, who told Daniel O’Connell Summer School: “We in Ireland have a deep love for the UN ... but it is deeply flawed in its ability to maintain peace and security in the world”

Ireland should change its position on military neutrality and replace the current Triple Lock policy with a Double Lock policy involving just Irish i(...)