Air Corps

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Wives and Partners of  Defence Forces, a group set up to highlight the relatives’ poor pay and working conditions, march to  the Dáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Martina Atkinson sends money and food parcels to her 33-year-old son in Navan, Co Meath. He has 15 years’ service in the Army but struggles to make en(...)

Organ receiver transport: patients must present at the transplant centre in the UK within four hours of notification of a donor heart becoming available and within six hours of a liver becoming available.

Virtually all of the options open to the Government to secure heart or liver transplants for the small number of children requiring such surgery each (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said while he did not accept there was a deep crisis in the Defence Forces, there were substantive issues.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Some members of the Defence Forces are sleeping in cars because of poor pay and conditions, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has claimed. He accuse(...)

Members of the Defence Forces on O’Connell Street as part of the Commemorations to mark the 90th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson

Members of the Defence Forces have described an organisation that is now in crisis, coping with poor pay, declining training standards and ever more p(...)

Fallen trees block a road in Cork on Tuesday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Households and businesses affected by Storm Ophelia should be covered by their insurance because “nobody is in a hurricane zone”, the Taoiseach has to(...)

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(...)

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