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The Defence Forces conducted a major exercise in  Dublin last week to assess the responsiveness of the emergency forces during a possible terror attack

Junior defence minister Paul Kehoe will await a briefing with the Defence Forces on delays in the deployment of special forces to a terror attack befo(...)

 President Michael D Higgins pictured with the Clarecastle Ballyea Choir at Áras an Uachtaráin for  the switching on of the Christmas tree lights. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hundreds of people gathered at Áras an Uachtaráin to witness the annual Christmas tree lighting hosted by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sab(...)

The Army during their anti-terrorism exercise in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Defence Forces

The Defence Forces have stress-tested their capability for responding to a request for assistance from An Garda Síochána in the event of a major terro(...)

Feargal Purcell: The former government press secretary has been appointed Edelman Ireland’s director of public affairs.

Former government press secretary Feargal Purcell has joined public relations company Edelman Ireland as director of public affairs and will also join(...)

A major Defence Forces training exercise will take place across Dublin on Wednesday, starting from 12:30pm. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A major Defence Forces training exercise will take place across Dublin on Wednesday, starting from 12:30pm. In an information notice the Defence Forc(...)

Ex-soldier Anthony Cole (51), a father of three of Duneoin, Carrigaline, Cork, had sued the Minister for Defence and the Attorney General after he was given Lariam, also known as Mefloquine

A former soldier who sued the Defence Forces over being given the anti-malarial drug Lariam when serving overseas in Chad has settled his High Court a(...)

The words of Amhrán na bhFiann are displayed on a screen at Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The words “Fianna Fáil” will not be removed from the first line of the national anthem, although a small number of submissions requesting the change h(...)

Amhrán na bhFiann displayed prior to a match in Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sanctions for inappropriate use of the national anthem Amhrán na bhFiann, will be discussed in the Seanad on Tuesday. Its music and wording were use(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Attending the African summit would have been a way for Varadkar to signal that Ireland was taking an active interest in EU affairs beyond its own backyard. Photograph: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images

One of the collateral casualties of Ireland’s political drama this week was a planned trip by Leo Varadkar to west Africa. On the face of it, cancelli(...)

Washing up in Nairobi. Shalom works extensively in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, the biggest slum in Africa. Kibera is home to  250,000 of the 2.5m  slum dwellers in the city. Photograph: Getty Images

Kenya is undergoing yet more turmoil as Uhuru Kenyatta is sworn in for a second five-year presidential term after an unprecedented cancellation of the(...)

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