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Former Defence Forces chief-of-staff Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett:  early projections on Covid-19 mortalities were ‘quite frightening’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two temporary morgues were operated by the State’s emergency response team for several weeks in the early stages of the pandemic in anticipation of a (...)

Raco represents about 1,200 Army, Naval Service and Air Corps officers. Photograph: Getty Images

The group representing commissioned officers in the Defence Forces is to consider whether it should affiliate itself with the Irish Congress of Trade (...)

The DCU registrar has initiated a review of groundbreaking PhD research by a former Army captain in light of complaints. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A groundbreaking PhD detailing widespread abuse and sexual assault of women in the Defence Forces has been placed under restricted access pending an i(...)

Members of Women of Honour group (from left)  Diane Byrne, Karina Molloy, and  Yvonne O’Rourke ahead of  a  meeting with  Minister for Defence Simon Coveney. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some senior Defence Force officers had believed up to recently that the issue of sexual harassment had been dealt with, that it was a problem they cou(...)

Lieutenant General Seán Clancy at a  wreath-laying ceremony  at the UN memorial garden at Arbour Hill, Dublin, in May. Photograph: Alan Betson

Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated in the Defence Forces and military leaders will face consequences for not acting to stop it, the newly ap(...)

The People’s Park Haulbowline was officially opened on Saturday. Pictured are (  from left) Tim Lucey, chief executive, Cork County Council; Minister Michael McGrath; Cllr Gillian Coughlan, Mayor of the County of Cork; Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and his daughter Annalise;  Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, senior engineer, Cork County Council. Photograph:  Brian Lougheed

The work of Cork County Council in the €25 million remediation of a former slag heap in Cork Harbour has been praised and the success of the project h(...)

Maj Gen Seán Clancy will take over as chief of staff of the Defence Forces on September 29th. Photograph: Defence Forces

Maj Gen Seán Clancy has been appointed as the incoming chief of staff of the Defence Forces, becoming the first Air Corps officer to hold the role. T(...)

President Michael D Higgins inspecting the 27 Infantry Battalion at Collins Barracks, Dublin, during the National Day of Commemoration. Photograph: Tom Honan

It rained and rained, and the gulls shrieked throughout, both disturbing the solemnity to such a degree that when Dr Hemant Kumar intoned his pre-prep(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney says the triple lock is “a safety net to ensure that Irish neutrality, or our military non-alliance, is both protected and maintained”.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government will not cut the numbers of members of the Defence Forces serving in United Nations peacekeeping missions, Minister for Foreign Affairs(...)

Maj General Maureen O’Brien at Cathal Brugha Barracks. She will serve as one of two military advisors to the UN secretary general on peacekeeping operations. Photograph: Tom Honan

Galway woman Maureen O’Brien on Tuesday became the first female major general in the Irish Defence Forces ahead of her appointment as a UN military ad(...)

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