Defence Forces Chief of Staff Lt Gen Conor Doyle, Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and Secretary General at the Department of Defence Maurice Quinn at the launch of the new White Paper on Defence at Dublin Castle last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney.

Many years ago during a defence debate in another jurisdiction, an opposition member with a military background was trying to make a point. He argued (...)

Figures suggest we are more flush than we thought. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

We move effortlessly from one financial crisis to another: Greece to China. The transition is smooth, but it is clear we can only handle one crisis at(...)

A nationalist protester waves a Tricolour in front of PSNI officers in riot gear in the Oldpark Road area of Belfast. Photograph: Stephen Kilkenny/PA Wire.

A senior figure in Northern Ireland policing has criticised the disturbances that followed the halting of an Anti Internment League (AIL) parade in Be(...)

Are we saying goodbye to EastEnders and Strictly? To the “downmarket” entertainment output of the BBC? And to the corporation’s cherished independence(...)

British prime minister David Cameron attended the Armed Forces Day in Guildford, southeast England at the weekend. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Greece’s referendum on austerity proposals is effectively an “in/out” vote on whether the country should stay in the euro, British prime minister Davi(...)

New government-backed scheme, backed by £2.2 million, is to be rolled out in Northern Ireland to help 160 people who have been out of work in one of the worst areas for unemployment in the UK.

A new scheme, backed by £2.2 million of public money, is to be rolled out in Northern Ireland to help 160 people who have been out of work in one of t(...)

 British Foreign Secretary  Philip Hammond: ‘The uncomfortable truth is that the EU’s growth rate is far below that needed to reduce unemployment to acceptable levels and is being challenged not only by Asia, but also by the US.’ Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Right across the continent, anti-EU parties have made huge gains in recent years – in local, national and European elections. We need to respond by ma(...)

World leaders at the G7 summit in Germany: we should be sceptical of their commitments to climate action as we have heard them for nearly a quarter ofa century. Photograph: Markus Schreibe/AP

Is there any significant likelihood that policy action will eliminate the risk of climate disaster? At present, the answer is no. This is so, even tho(...)

Above, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech to the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster, during the State Opening of Parliament, in London on Thursday. REUTERS/Alastair Grant/Pool

A strange indifference attends the threatened collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive. The impasse on welfare reform reached in Stormont on Tuesday(...)

Loaded with symbolism: Prince Charles at Mullaghmore, in Co Sligo, where his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten and three others, including two children, were killed by an IRA bomb in 1979. Photograph: Arthur Edwards/AFP/Getty

With the increasingly fractious marriage-referendum debate saturating the airwaves during the final week of campaigning, light relief arrives in th(...)