Last week it emerged that two Naval Service vessels were unable to put to sea because of crew shortages while reservists were being used to fill gaps in another vessel. Photograph: Gaetano Lo Porto/AP

There is mounting evidence that something is seriously wrong with pay and conditions in the Defence Forces, all three branches of which are finding it(...)

Retired Sgt Maj Noel O’Callaghan and his grand-daughter Aleesha Penrose (9) at an Army protest in September: 1,760 Defence Force members are on family income supplement, a collective humiliation of military personnel and their families, says Sgt Maj Noel O’Callaghan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Retired Defence Force veterans are planning to mount a highly visible public campaign in which politicians will be targeted over what the retirees see(...)

Last year, the Wives and Partners of the Defence Forces organisation marched to the Dáil regarding low pay. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Members of the Defence Forces are being drafted in to assist with the papal visit, drawing critical comment from campaigners seeking pay restoration f(...)

With their Defence Forces Values Champions  awards are Leading Seaman Ryan Carroll, Niamh McColgan (accepting on behalf of her deceased husband Stephen), Sgt Richard Muldarry, Sgt Leona Walsh, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett, Cpt (retired) Noel Carey, Pte Jennifer O’Connor, Sgt Maj (retired) Noel O’Callaghan and Company Sergeant Matt Masterson.

A member of the Defence Forces who was involved in the rescue of 705 migrants in the Mediterranean last summer was among those recognised for their co(...)