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On Monday, June 12th, 1922, at a ceremony held in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle attended by King George V, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were disbanded, along with four other regiments recruited in southern Ireland

On January 23rd, 1922, the commanding officer of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Lieut-Col KC Weldon, placed a notice in The Irish Times warning all local(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (centre) being shown the site of mass graves in Bucha this week while accompanied by members of the Garda’s Emergency Response Unit. Photograph:

The Defence Forces special forces unit, the Army Ranger Wing (ARW), was stood down from protecting Simon Coveney on his visit to Ukraine before the Mi(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba walking with Ukranian special forces and Garda ERU to lay flowers at a memorial wall in Kyiv on Thursday. Photograph: Department of Foreign Affairs

There is overwhelming support for the retention of Ireland’s current model of military neutrality, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos poll. Tw(...)

Irish Army soldiers taking part in a military exercise in the the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Defence Forces have ceased training the Malian military following multiple reports of solders killing civilians in the west African country.(...)

Barry Andrews said Finland, another neutral country, has just announced a 70 per cent increase in its defence spending. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland must abolish the triple-lock system governing the deployment of Defence Forces troops abroad, a Fianna Fáil MEP has said. In a position paper(...)

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said Ireland needs to look at ‘our overall energy policy’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Nothing should be “off the table” in Ireland’s energy policy given the fallout from the war in Ukraine, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has said. (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: ‘This war is in nobody’s interests. Everybody is losing.’ Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Ireland would support the targeting of Russian energy exports in upcoming talks on sanctions at a European Union level, Minister for Foreign Affairs S(...)

Though it is seldom publicised, Ireland’s military non-alignment has already been stretched, both through our EU membership and bilateral co-operation with Nato. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was roundly condemned in the Dáil last week, but the unanimity on that masked divides about Ireland’s neutrality and its (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the war in Ukraine and Russia’s behaviour ‘illustrates is the degree to which Europe is vulnerable’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland’s participation in any European common defence initiative would require a referendum but neutrality is a “policy issue that can change at any (...)

Defence Forces troops photographed during an exercise in the Glen of Imall, Co Wicklow. File photograph: The Irish Times

The activities of Russia and China, along with Islamic and right wing extremists, have been named as the most severe threats to Irish security by the (...)

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