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 Julianne McKeigue, a great-niece of Michael Hogan(photo on wall in background). Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Michael Hogan is the most famous of the 32 people to die from the shootings on Bloody Sunday, 1920. Captain of the Tipperary team to play Dublin in fo(...)

  Agsi  said its General Secretary Antoinette Cunningham had made inquiries with Garda Headquarters about a successor to the Public Service Stability Agreement    but was told “there is no meeting for staff associations imminent.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Groups representing gardaí and military officers have voiced “deep concern” at their apparent exclusion from exploratory talks on a new public servic(...)

Simon Coveney said the Government had sought to recognise the veterans of siege by awarding a unit citation in 2016 and a specially commissioned Jadotville medal in 2017.

The issue of medals for gallantry for the Irish soldiers involved in the siege of Jadotville will be considered by an independent group of experts. (...)

Comdt Luke Foley joined the Defence Forces in 2002

The Representative Association of Commissioned Officers (Raco) has elected Commandant Luke Foley as its new president. Comdt Foley, who joined the De(...)

Irish soldiers board a plane to leave Baldonnell airport for Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping mission on July 28th, 1960

Medals for gallantry for nine Irish soldiers killed in the Niemba ambush 60 years ago were not awarded because it might look like a “hand-out”. This (...)

Currently the Irish Air Corps provides top cover in many SAR missions, using its CASA maritime patrol aircraft. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some of Ireland’s search and rescue (SAR) functions may be carried out by aircraft based in the UK, raising concerns among senior Irish military offic(...)

RACO said ‘serious consideration should be given to making the Air Corps the primary agency for this task and providing it the funding, structures, and resources to do it’.  File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government should return responsibilities for aviation search and rescue services to the Defence Forces rather than having a contract which cost m(...)

Billy Doyle: ‘If you are a young LGBT kid but are afraid to join the Defence Forces because of your sexuality I would say you have nothing to worry about.’

Airman Billy Doyle came out to his colleagues in the Defence Forces in 2016 when he attended the launch of the LGBTA Defend with Pride Network in the (...)

Gillian Collins says in the future we will see a very different Defence Forces to the one that exists currently.

Diversity and inclusion has been a hot topic for more than 20 years now, and during that time the face of the Irish workforce has changed dramatically(...)

 LÉ Eithne: one of two vessels currently tied up due to manpower shortages. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

The Naval Service now has to frequently postpone seagoing missions due to its chronic manpower shortage and the effects of Covid-19. Within the last (...)

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