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There were 3,800 electric vehicles (EVs) on Irish roads by the end of 2017 but registrations of new and imported EVs are currently up by 40 per cent compared to same period last year. File photograph: Getty Images

The use of the electric vehicle (EV) on Irish roads is about to become “the new normal for people in their everyday lives” and “no longer just a progr(...)

The LÉ Samuel Beckett with more than 500 migrants on board during its operations in the Mediterranean in 2016.

The LÉ Samuel Beckett is returning to the Mediterranean as part of the European Union’s efforts to disrupt people smuggling and also to rescue migran(...)

VRAI director Alan Haverty positioning a 360° camera.

The convoy of military vehicles makes its way slowly down a dusty road in Mogadishu. Scanning the road ahead, I am trying to figure out if that little(...)

Ambulance staff want to be able to retire at the same age as other emergency service workers.

Ambulance personnel are to seek a review of their retirement age and have said they want parity with others working in the emergency services such as (...)

Echlin Street, Dublin 8. Photograph: Google Street View

The Army bomb disposal unit was called to a building site in Dublin’s Liberties on Thursday morning to deal with a historic artillery shell. The she(...)

Commissioning ceremony of Army, Air Corps and Maltese officers: RACO says terms and conditions of service must be improved.  Photograph: Alan Betson

New Aer Corps trainee pilots could take up to five years to earn their wings because the force does not have enough useable training aircraf(...)

 An Air Corps fly-past over The Spire in O’Connell Street, Dublin. The Air Corps currently has about 150 fewer  personnel of all ranks than officially permitted

The Department of Defence is to recommend the reintroduction of a loyalty bonus payment for Air Corps pilots in an attempt to encourage them to remain(...)

New garda Audi Q7 cars were unsuitable to access Lidl, in Fortunestown, Dublin during recent snow as they were automatic and not four-wheel drive. File photograph: Collins

The Garda was very poorly prepared for the recent extreme weather events, with no clear policy or even advice to members on duty about how they should(...)

The Russian embassy, Orwell Road. The expansion looks set to bring about a Russian presence here, attached to the embassy, disproportionate to the  international significance of Ireland. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

The growth of the tech sector in Ireland, and especially the presence of US tech giants in the Republic, may be behind plans by Russia to expand its D(...)

Combination of pictures shows an aerial view of a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor during bombardment in 2007. Photograph: Israeli army/Getty Images

In what appears to be a warning to Iran, Israel has formally admitted that it destroyed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007. Until now, Israel(...)

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