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The course is held under the auspices of Nato and the European Union. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Members of the Defence Forces training to deal with a marauding terrorist attack, such as occurred in Paris, Brussels and London, have held exercises (...)

Women walk past an armoured personnel carrier by an intersection in Harare.  Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

Robert Mugabe’s four decades of autocratic rule over Zimbabwe appeared to be at an end after the army seized control of the country on Wednesday and p(...)

Simon Coveney: Minister told his EU colleagues that  he was confident Ireland’s participation would be approved. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael Ministers will ask the Independent Alliance to support Ireland’s involvement in new European defence arrangements in the coming weeks, but t(...)

Sgt Valerie Cole 55th Infantry Group Irish Defence Forces. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, has worked for the last year with EU states on plans to deepen EU co-operation in secur(...)

A harrowing account of arriving in Rwanda at the height of the genocide there in 1994 is among more than 150 audio files being released by the Defence(...)

Irish Defence Forces in a mowag tank during an exercise in the Glen of Imall: Irish involvement in Pesco is a significant means of enhancing our Defence Forces’ capabilities. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

When EU foreign and defence ministers meet in Brussels on Monday, a special signing ceremony will be held to launch the next phase of growing European(...)

 Anthony Cole from Cork outside the Four Courts where  his High Court action for damages is being heard. Photograph: Collins Courts

A former soldier who was given the anti-malarial drug Lariam for an overseas tour of duty in Chad has told the High Court he had experienced nightmare(...)

Inadequate pay and conditions are causing such an exodus from the Defence Forces that concern has been expressed about the operational readiness and c(...)

Simon Zebo:  It appears everybody loves him  and totally understands the reasons for his move to “France”. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Way back in 1999 I received a phone call from Mike Ruddock. Rugby had gone professional in 1995, but season 1999/00 was to be the first fully-fledged (...)

 Enda Kenny with Leo Quinlan and some of the men who served with Col Patrick Quinlan in the Congo. L-R: Tadhg Quinn, Leo Boland, Noel Carey, Tom Gunne, and Sen Gerard Craughwell. Photograph: Alan Landers.

Tribute has been paid to the man who led 155 Defence Force members back to Ireland after the Siege of Jadotville in 1961. The late Col Pat Quinlan fr(...)

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