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The study, by Lieutenant Brian Clarke, appeared in the 2020 Defence Forces Review, a yearly journal published by the Defence Forces. File  Photograph: Alan Betson

The General Staff of the Defence Forces has no real command over the organisation, unlike most other militaries, according to a study published by a D(...)

Simon Coveney said the Government had sought to recognise the veterans of siege by awarding a unit citation in 2016 and a specially commissioned Jadotville medal in 2017.

The issue of medals for gallantry for the Irish soldiers involved in the siege of Jadotville will be considered by an independent group of experts. (...)

Sam Kendrick was presented with a medal by Dutch ambassador Adriaan Palm on the roof of Enniscorthy Castle on Friday. Photograph: John Walsh

The Dutch ambassador to Ireland has honoured one of the last Irish survivors of the Battle of Arnhem 76 years ago for his part in the Liberation of t(...)

Irish Defence Force soldiers  in southern Lebanon. File photograph: Kate Geraghty

Hundreds of Irish soldiers banned by the United Nations from returning home from Lebanon during the coronavirus crisis are to be reunited with their f(...)

The Defence Forces has requested permission to deploy the Government jet, which is operated by the Air Corps and is the only aircraft in the corps’ fleet capable of making the journey. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Government is making plans to rent an aircraft to evacuate Irish army officers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) amid growing fears for (...)

‘These returning personnel will assist in delivering Defence Forces supports in the Covid-19 response and beyond,’ Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Almost 600 former Defence Forces personnel have applied to rejoin the organisation since the launch of a re-enlistment programme a month ago to deal w(...)

President Michael D. Higgins lays a wreath at a group of 16 birch trees planted  in honour of the revolutionaries executed after the 1916 Rising as part of the Easter Sunday commemorations in the gardens of Áras an Uachtaráin on Sunday. Photograph:  Maxwells.

President Michael D Higgins laid a wreath at Áras an Uachtaráin on Sunday afternoon to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. Mr Higgins rang the Peace (...)

 Paul Kehoe: “These returning personnel will assist in delivering Defence Forces supports in the Covid-19 response and beyond”  TD, speaking to the media about the Public Service Pay Commission Report on Defence Forces in the Dept. of the Taoiseach today. Photograph: Sam Boal /

Former Defence Forces members will be able to re-enlist for as short as three months as part of Government efforts to fight coronavirus. The new sche(...)

Feel good about feathering your nest  by shopping from small Irish businesses.

Cocooning is the order of the day but that doesn’t mean you should just retreat to your home and pull the ladder up behind you. The Covid-19 emergency(...)

Defence Force members have helped set up testing centres and officer cadets have been taken out of training and tasked with helping to trace the contacts of those infected with Covid-19. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Emergency measures to allow retired Defence Forces personnel to re-enlist will only apply to those with specialist skills which could aid in the fight(...)

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