The increase will  be used to begin the planning process for the replacement of the Naval Service’s flagship vessel LÉ Eithne (above, on a rescue operation in the Mediterranean) with a new multi-role ship. Photographs: Irish Defence Forces

The replacement of the Naval Service’s flagship vessel and several of the Air Corps’ aircraft are provided for in the defence allocation for Budget 20(...)

Members of the Defence Forces taking part in a 2013 State engagement. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has moved to address a growing crisis in the Defence Forces over falling numbers and increased levels of highly skilled personnel optin(...)

Dublin singer Imelda May. Photograph: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

The GAA has announced that Imelda May will entertain the crowd at Croke Park on Sunday during half-time of the All-Ireland senior football final. Las(...)

Falling numbers, a shortage of skilled personnel and early retirements have affected the capabilities of the Army, the Naval Service and Aer Corps, ac(...)

An Irish Coast Guard helicopter takes part in the search  for missing Rescue 116 helicopter crew at Blacksod, Co Mayo in March. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Coast Guard helicopter crews are being withdrawn from certain medical missions which are not deemed to be search-and-rescue, or medical, emergen(...)

The strength of the Defence Forces has fallen below 9,000 for the first time. File photograph: Alan Betson

Concerns are growing about the ability of the Defence Forces to play a full part in the Republic’s national security as its strength has fallen below (...)

The National Memorial is a place of contemplation and remembrance. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Hundreds of people turned out for the annual commemoration for members of the Defence Forces who died in the service of the State. Chief of staff of (...)

Canadian Joseph Gagnon (left) and Dubliner Brian Conville before they set off from Canada in effort to be the youngest pair to row west-east across the Atlantic. Photograph:  Claire Martin/PA

An Irish-Canadian rowing pair rescued by the Irish Coast Guard off the southwest coast had been close to setting three world records before their caps(...)

Helicopter crew (clockwise): Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby: It is four months since their helicopter crashed off the north Mayo coast with the loss of all four crew members

A renewed search, which was due to begin off Blackrock Island in Co Mayo this weekend for two airmen whose bodies have not been recovered following th(...)

Simon Coveney has described his telephone call to an Air Corps  pilot who refused to fly him to Cork as an example of his ‘hands-on’ approach.  File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has described his telephone call to an Air Corps helicopter pilot who refused to fly him to Cork because of(...)