New chief of staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett: “We don’t know what’s around the corner, what challenges might face us.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thirty years ago, Air India Flight 182 was destroyed at 31,000ft off the West coast of Ireland by a bomb that had been smuggled on board before it (...)

Comdt Lorraine Fahey is one of 18 women serving in Lebanon among the 339 Irish Defence Forces posted there. Photograph: Paul Nichols

Along one of the most heavily mined stretches of land in the world, and with most contentious national boundary on the globe less than 500 metres away(...)