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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(...)

Despite warnings, misinformation and fake news continues to circulate widely on social media messaging apps such as WhatsApp in particular. File Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Zero eight-hundred-hours (8am) came and went, as did 11am, and despite speculation whipped up by bogus messages shared widely on social media over the(...)

Terence MacSwiney

Cork City Council honoured its martyred Lord Mayors, Tomás MacCurtain and Terence MacSwiney this week at a special meeting to mark the 100th anniversa(...)

Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, with the chair of the Remembering Edward Bransfield Committee, Jim Wilson, at the unveiling of a monument to Bransfield in his  home village of Ballinacurra in East Cork. Photograph: Barry Roche

Edward Bransfield, the pioneering Irish polar explorer and the first person to officially record discovering Antarctica, has been honoured with the un(...)

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