A third of those who paid to leave early had studied nautical science while others studied engineering, financial maths, geomatics, financial management, strategic risk management and global security. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Defence Forces officers have paid up to €67,000 each to buy their way out of their military careers early rather than continue to serve for the time t(...)

Keem Strand on Achill Island, Co Mayo: 73 members of the Junior Soldiers Company of the North-Irish Brigade in Ballymena had planned a week-long stay in August 1964. The adventure camp was to include swimming, climbing, canoeing and water skiing. Photograph : Design Pics / Gareth McCormack

Word gets out that a group of people are planning to come to Achill. They get the message they are not welcome, and the plan is aborted. Sounds famili(...)

The Government is to change legislation to facilitate the re-enlistment of former military personnel who had previously served in the Defence Forces. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Government is to change legislation to allow enlisted military personnel who left the Defence Forces to rejoin. A provision in the amended legisl(...)


Spying by overseas intelligence services in Ireland is a growing threat to national security as well as to foreign direct investment and overall econo(...)

Currently the Air Corps has 74 pilots, but has an establishment strength of 106. Photograph: Getty Images

Most senior Air Corps pilots have signalled they will remain with the force in the short term following the offer of State payments to stem the haemor(...)

Military pilots who agree to remain in the Air Corps for eight years could receive payments of more than €200,000 under a new loyalty bonus scheme, th(...)

Minister of State for Immigration David Stanton said State-owned land could be used to provide direct-provision accommodation for the growing number of asylum seekers arriving in the country.

Vacated barracks and defence forces accommodation could be used to house asylum seekers in the future, the Department of Justice has confirmed. The(...)

Underspending in the Department of Defence allocation would be used to offset additional expenditure required to meet the cost of Army pensions.

The Government will ask the Dáil to approve additional spending of more than €630 million for Government departments and agencies this year . Ministe(...)

The Department of Defence acknowledged there had been an issue with retaining pilots.

A shortage of pilots has forced the Air Corps to scale back the emergency air ambulance service it provides to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for (...)

Paul Kehoe, Minister of State for Defence. In response to a parliamentary question this week Mr Kehoe said the uniforms had ‘zero monetary value within Civil Defence’ as they had all been discontinued in 2006. Photograph: Sam Boal

The Department of Defence has asked An Garda Síochána to investigate how Civil Defence uniforms donated for use in Pakistan ended up on sale in m(...)

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