Retired brigadier general Ger Aherne: During the Troubles, the Defence Forces had eight barracks and up to 1,400 men along the Border. Today, there are just two, and many soldiers are carrying out “routine” duties in Dublin. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

The State is woefully unprepared to secure the Border with Northern Ireland if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal, according (...)

Meath East Fine Gael TD, Helen McEntee, canvassing with Longford-Westmeath Fine Gael bye-election candidate, Cllr Gabrielle McFadden, in Athlone Town Shopping Centre.

Mayor of Athlone and Westmeath county councillor Gabrielle McFadden is the favourite to win the Longford-Westmeath byelection.Sister of Nicky McFadde(...)