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The repatriation of Lisa Smith and her two-year-old daughter from a displacement camp near the Turkish border in Syria would be the right thing to do.

The repatriation of Lisa Smith and her two-year-old daughter from a displacement camp near the Turkish border in Syria would be the right thing to do.(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: “It is a real challenge for Irish officials or people acting on behalf of the Irish state to enter one of the most challenging areas of conflict in the world”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Government is engaging with “international actors” to help bring Dundalk woman Lisa Smith and her two-year-old daughter back to Ireland, Minister (...)

Lisa Smith: ‘You can’t blame me for what the Islamic State done. I don’t hold the same beliefs as them.’ Photograph: BBC

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he would like to see suspected Isis supporter Lisa Smith and her child return to Ireland. Ms Smith (37) is being hel(...)

In the security sector, the total cost of sick leave in the Defence Forces increased by 17 per cent from €8.7 million in 2017 to €10.2 million last year, while, in the Garda, the total cost increased by almost 20 per cent from €13.3 million to €15.9 million. Photograph: iStock

The overall cost of public sector sick leave to the Exchequer has increased by 20 per cent since 2015, figures from the Department of Public Expenditu(...)

Fresh report from Northern Ireland civil service warns that at least 40,000 jobs would be lost if UK crashes out without  deal.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has accused Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt of having an “utterly disingenuous debate” on Brexit in their con(...)

Training for the diving section is among the most strenuous in the Defence Forces.

The Naval Service’s elite diving unit is operating at less than a quarter of its intended capacity as a result of the Defence Force’s retention crisis(...)

Naval Service’s flagship the LÉ Eithne has been withdrawn from service

The announcement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the Naval Service will not participate in any new humanitarian missions to the Mediterranean has been (...)

 Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said there would be ‘huge challenges’ with staffing in the Naval Service throughout the year. Photograph: Sam Boal/

The Government is insisting there is no division between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe on the issue of naval shi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that a shortage of personnel meant that available crew would be allocated to a smaller number of ships. The LE Eithne (above) and the LE Orla would go into maintenance.

Minister of State with special responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe owes apologies to the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Mark Mellet, and to t(...)

A file image of the LE Eithne: a letter sent by Cmdr Mick Malone to all Naval Service personnel claimed it and LE Orla would remain tied up until crew numbers improved. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar appeared to contradict Minister of State Paul Kehoe’s insistence that two Naval Service ships were taken out of service last we(...)

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