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 To secure a seat on the UN Security Council which has five permanent and 10 temporary members, Ireland needs 129 votes from the 193 members in the secret ballot. File photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

The Republic has said it will represent small states if elected to the United Nations Security Council and one of the key calling cards in the campaig(...)

War games: Military-style scenario planning could help businesses figure out their future amid the impact of Covid-19. Photograph: EPA/ADAM WARZAWA

Within militaries worldwide, the process for decision making is highly structured and well thought-out. It is assumed that the decision-making process(...)

Two army officers are undergoing medical assessment today having been flown home from the Democratic Republic of Congo, several weeks after the Defence Forces first raised concerns about their safety. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two army officers are undergoing medical assessment today having been flown home from the Democratic Republic of Congo, several weeks after the Defenc(...)

Members of the 1st Infantry Battalion during a ceremony to celebrate Ireland’s service and commitment to UN peacekeeping participation by the Defence Forces, An Garda Síochana and civilian personnel since 1958. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Public discussion of redeployment home of two Army officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has raised a number of issues, both operational (...)

Judge imposed an 11-year prison term, with 18 months suspended, after saying that the attacks were planned in a predatory way. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A judge has said that a child rapist used his membership of a voluntary paramedic organisation to target two boys whom he then drugged and sexually as(...)

There are currently 1,015 vacancies across the Defence Forces, a 350 per cent increase since the end of 2017. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The Government has “reneged” on its promise to stem the retention crisis in the Defence Forces and has allowed vacancies to increase by 350 per cent, (...)

The Government jet, at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel. The Government declined to send the jet to the DRC due to concerns about its range. File photograph: Alan Betson

The Defence Forces has ordered officers to prepare to deploy to a troubled region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at short notice, raising f(...)

Private Patrick Kelly, who was killed by the IRA as he searched for the kidnapped businessman Don Tidey in Co Leitrim in 1983. Image courtesy Kelly family.

The son of the only Irish soldier killed by the IRA during the Troubles has welcomed the acknowledgment by Mary Lou McDonald that his death was “wrong(...)

Irish Defence Force soldiers  in southern Lebanon. File photograph: Kate Geraghty

Hundreds of Irish soldiers banned by the United Nations from returning home from Lebanon during the coronavirus crisis are to be reunited with their f(...)

An Air Corp AW139 helicopter. The fleet will not be grounded as it not is believed the incident was  due to a ‘significant mechanical defect’. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Air Corps has said it will not ground its fleet of six Agusta Westland AW139 helicopters after the door of one fell off mid-flight on Thursd(...)

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