President Michael D Higgins said he had “heard and read with anxiety of the distress that is being experienced by some of those who are giving their all to serve the State”. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

President Michael D Higgins felt compelled last week to intervene in the dispute over pay at the Defence Forces. He insisted it “should not be too muc(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe at Custume Barracks, Athlone, where he reviewed troops of the 60th Infantry Group ahead of their six-month deployment to the Golan Heights in the Middle East. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Fianna Fáil has said the Government must give “urgent consideration” to the establishment of a pay review body for the Defence Forces. The party’s sp(...)

Army leadership is concerned at the possibility of a withdrawal of labour by members of the Defence Forces if a bond with  trade unions is forged. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The head of the Defence Forces has told the Government that permitting military representative bodies to become part of the trade union movement could(...)

An activist wears a mask of US President Donald Trump during a demonstration against the ending of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in front of the American Embassy at Pariser Platz in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA.

President Donald Trump and other US officials recently expressed great confidence in the capability of the American Ground-based Midcourse Defence (GM(...)

File image of members of the Army Ranger Wing during a training exercise at the Curragh Camp in Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Members of the Army Ranger Wing, the special forces arm of the Irish Defence Forces, will depart in the days ahead on a deployment to Mali – deemed to(...)

In June the head of the Naval Service announced the LÉ Eithne and another ship were being put into operational reserve until personnel could be found to adequately man them.

The Naval Service is operating with about a third of the required number of personnel needed to safely maintain its weapons. There are currently only(...)

An announcement last June that the LÉ Eithne and the LÉ Orla, above, were being taken out of active service due to personnel shortages caused considerable anger among Defence Forces personnel

The Department of Defence was unhappy with how the military responded to media queries about two Naval Service ships being taken out of service, inter(...)

Air Corps training aircraft fly over the Spire in Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Air Corps pilots are to be sent for training with the Royal Australian Air Force under proposals approved by the Cabinet on Thursday. The move is aim(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney arrives for the National Day of Commemoration ceremony in Dublin on Sunday. Mr Coveney has warned online platforms of their responsibility to police the “ever-evolving threat” of disinformation. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The State’s security services are “appraising” a suspected Russian intelligence operation to spread fake news online targeting divisions in Ireland an(...)

Lisa Smith in BBC news interview: plans  to extract the suspected Isis supporter from a camp two months ago were  rejected

The Government rejected a plan from the Defence Forces to bring Irish-born suspected Islamic State supporter Lisa Smith home from Syria two months ago(...)

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