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The British base at Spike Island off the Cork coast was the first to be handed over on July 11th, 1938. Photograph: Richard Mills

The 80th anniversary of the handover of the “Treaty ports” was recalled at a ceremony on Spike Island in Cork on Wednesday. In 1938, with tensions mo(...)

A member of the Army Bomb Disposal team on duty. Photograph: Defence Forces

A number of Defence Forces staff are expected to get payments of between €1,000 and €2,000 for loss of earnings after the reallocation of duties carri(...)

Cork incinerator objectors: Chase supporters outside Bord Pleanála’s 2016 hearing. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has played down the possibility of the Government invoking new planning legislation to stop a €160 million incinerator going a(...)

A drone captures images of a gorse fire in Sandyford, Dublin. Screen grab: Dublin Fire Brigade video

A break in the weather could be on the horizon by this time next week but rain is by no means certain, Met Éireann has said. “We are going to see ver(...)

A Coillte helicopter takes water to a dam at the top of The Cut road in the Slieve Bloom mountains. Photograph: Laois Fire and Rescue/Twitter

People are again being asked to stay away from the Slieve Bloom mountains in counties Laois and Offaly as firefighting efforts continue on Saturday mo(...)

Plumes of smoke billow from the Slieve Bloom mountains as gorse fires continue to burn. Photograph: Tom O'Hanlon

Irish Water’s hosepipe ban is to be extended nationwide on Friday with fewer than 20 domestic users having been reported for water misuse since the me(...)

Protecting a vessel from Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean in 2011

Ever since I was a young boy I always knew what I wanted to become when I was older. A soldier. Growing up in Northern Ireland, it wasn’t strange seei(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar laying a wreath at UN Building in New York to Irish who died on UN peacekeeping missions. Photograph: Kim Haughton

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there was “no vanity” in Ireland seeking a seat on the United Nations Security Council; the motivation was to protect (...)

People gather for the start of the Dublin Pride Parade. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“Pride is a protest,” veteran LGBTI+ campaigner Izzy Kamikaze told the thousands of people gathered in the blazing sun on Smithfield Square for Dublin(...)

The crowd at the  Dublin Pride Parade. Photograph: Tom Honan

A record 60,000 people turned out for the LGBTI+ Dublin Pride Parade on Saturday, about double the previous year’s numbers, organisers said. The even(...)

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