Mark Mellet

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There is no plan to deploy troops to support the gardaí on the streets, although such a scenario cannot ultimately be ruled out, says Vice-Admiral Mark Mellet. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Defence Forces will move to a “status yellow” force posture on Wednesday of next week, with in the region of 330 troops available to aid the Healt(...)

PDFORRA represents about 8,500 enlisted personnel across the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps and said there was a clear disparity between HSE staff being paid just over €80 for an eight-hour sleepover shift and its members being paid a €48 security duties allowance for 24 hours. File photograph: Alan Betson

The number of people leaving the Defence Forces had reached “crisis” proportions but could be alleviated if personnel deployed on duties of 24 hours o(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that a shortage of personnel meant that available crew would be allocated to a smaller number of ships. The LE Eithne (above) and the LE Orla would go into maintenance.

Minister of State with special responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe owes apologies to the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Mark Mellet, and to t(...)

Prince Charles meets school children during a visit to Cork Naval Base. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire

Sean O’Callaghan probably never envisaged his ballad extolling all things Cork from harriers to hurlers being used to greet members of the Britis(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at UN Post 2-45 where Irish troops are serving in Lebanon. Photograph: Jack Power

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar began his trip of the Irish peacekeeping troops in south Lebanon on Friday, visiting UN post 2-45, the main outpost for Irish D(...)

The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham. Military Pallbearers carry the coffin into the church. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led the mourners at the funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in Dublin on Saturday. President Michael D Higgins, who is (...)

Members of the 7th Battalion, Air Corps and Naval Service members at the commemoration. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The unfamiliar might be forgiven for believing the 101st anniversary commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising were focused on the building formerly kn(...)

Daffodil Day has been described as “hugely important” for the Irish Cancer Society, which hopes to raise about €3 million this year.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Irish Cancer Society has said donations to it suffered in the wake of charity sector scandals - but they have bounced back due a combination of op(...)

Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe, TD with guard of honour from LE Niamh.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe has paid tribute to the men and women of the Defence Forces today when he presented some 70 personnel from th(...)

Members of the Defence forces fold the Tricolour over the coffin bearing the remains of Thomas Kent at St Nicholas’s Church, Castlelyons, Co Cork, during his State funeral and reinterment last year. He was executed 100 years ago today. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The family of Easter 1916 hero Thomas Kent have spoken of their pride in their forebear’s sacrifice as they remembered him at a special commemoration (...)

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