Minister for Defence Simon Coveney: Incident should not interfere with decision-making process and risk assessment that we have to do sending troops abroad

The terrorist attack at a hotel in the capital of Mali that left 29 people dead would not significantly influence the Government’s decision on whether(...)

Irish troops  in eastern  Chad in 2008. When the Army Ranger Wing was about to travel there, news broke of an all-out rebel assault on the capital. Photograph:  Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters

The terrorist attack in Mali could not have come at a more alarming time for the Irish Government. Armed extremists struck the luxury hotel in the ver(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney stressed the Government would not do anything that “compromises Irish neutrality”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney have moved to play down concerns about Irish troops being dispatched to Mali to replace Fr(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he had been briefed this morning by  the national security committee. Photograph: Collins

The Government is prepared to send additional Irish troops to Mali or Lebanon in order to relieve French soldiers who will be sent to fight Islamic St(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney attended a meeting of EU defence ministers in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Irish officials have said that Irish neutrality will not be affected by the decision of France to invoke an EU mutual defence clause in the wake of th(...)

Fans celebrate as Conor Murray scores Ireland’s second try. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

One of the more eccentric Irish flags in Cardiff bore the message “There’s a crane gone up in Carlow – the boom is back.” We’ll return to that in a mo(...)

Chief of Staff Mark Mellett (left) warns over “enemies” of the State gaining advantage. Photograph: Alan Betson

Conor Lally Security and Crime Editor The Defence Forces needed to properly harness the “explosion” of data in modern society or risk making terroris(...)

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said consideration was being given to alternatives to Lariam.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A working group on the prevention of malaria among Irish soldiers serving abroad is due to report to Minister for Defence Simon Coveney later this yea(...)

In five weeks the Irish soldiers have spread out efficiently, quickly and with a minimum of fuss into positions hundreds of miles apart. Goma, for ins(...)

Members of the Irish Army Ranger Wing in Goz Beida in Chad: meagre manpower and difficult terrain will benefit from  the ability to see via drones and telescopes attached to kites. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

While little-heralded, the significance of the battle the Naval Service is engaged in with international narcotics gangs cannot be overstated. In rece(...)