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Members of 59th Infantry Group take part in a mission-readiness exercise at Coolmoney camp in Co Wicklow as they prepare for deployment to Syria. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Four High Court cases taken by the Defence Forces’ rank-and-file representative organisation, Pdforra, have been adjourned following an unexpected of(...)

Troops at a military centre in Mali during a visit by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: The Defence Forces

A European Union military training centre in Mali, where 11 Defence Force personnel are working, remainson high alert after a weekend attack from what(...)

The visit by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Irish troops serving on the United Nations mission to Mali in Africa is a welcome and timely reminder of the important role the Defence Forces have played in peace keeping around the world for more than half a century.

The visit by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Irish troops serving on the European Union mission to Mali in Africa is a welcome and timely reminder of the im(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces with students from Ringsend College at the launch of the  Global Schools programme. Photograph: Julien Behal

Irish diplomats and peacekeepers are to visit every secondary school in the State over the coming months as part of ambitious plans to double Ireland’(...)

Chief of Staff, Defence Forces: Vice Admiral Mark Mellett. Photograph: Collins

The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces has said that if the Public Sector Pay Commission does not adequately address the pay deficit within the Def(...)

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(...)

Members of the Naval Service Reserve were drafted recently to supplement crew shortages on the LÉ Eithne, the navy’s flagship. Photograph: AP

Two Naval Service vessels were unable to set sail last week because of a crew shortage while reservists have been brought in to plug gaps on a third s(...)

Guidelines for the use of the car and driver state the service should only be used in “exceptional circumstances” to attend functions in uniform

A €35-an-hour hired luxury car, used by Ireland’s representative on the European Union Military Committee (EUMC) cost more than €310,000 over a four-a(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar laying a wreath at UN Building in New York to Irish who died on UN peacekeeping missions. Photograph: Kim Haughton

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there was “no vanity” in Ireland seeking a seat on the United Nations Security Council; the motivation was to protect (...)

The crowd at the  Dublin Pride Parade. Photograph: Tom Honan

A record 60,000 people turned out for the LGBTI+ Dublin Pride Parade on Saturday, about double the previous year’s numbers, organisers said. The even(...)

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