Paul Kehoe

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Festivals and other events rely on Civil Defence members to provide first aid. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Hundreds of festivals at risk of cancellation due to issues with the licensing of vital medical services are to go ahead following an application from(...)

An announcement last June that the LÉ Eithne and the LÉ Orla, above, were being taken out of active service due to personnel shortages caused considerable anger among Defence Forces personnel

The Department of Defence was unhappy with how the military responded to media queries about two Naval Service ships being taken out of service, inter(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: “It is a real challenge for Irish officials or people acting on behalf of the Irish state to enter one of the most challenging areas of conflict in the world”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Government is engaging with “international actors” to help bring Dundalk woman Lisa Smith and her two-year-old daughter back to Ireland, Minister (...)

The bypass cost nearly €350 million.  Photograph: M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP Scheme website

Long tailbacks in Enniscorthy in the heart of Co Wexford are set to become a thing of the past as locals finally welcome the opening on Thursday of a (...)

Lisa Smith: ‘You can’t blame me for what the Islamic State done. I don’t hold the same beliefs as them.’ Photograph: BBC

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he would like to see suspected Isis supporter Lisa Smith and her child return to Ireland. Ms Smith (37) is being hel(...)

Training for the diving section is among the most strenuous in the Defence Forces.

The Naval Service’s elite diving unit is operating at less than a quarter of its intended capacity as a result of the Defence Force’s retention crisis(...)

Minster of State for Defence Paul Kehoe. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil he has “absolute, total and full confidence” in Minster of State for Defence Paul Kehoe in the ongoing contro(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe and refused to call for him to withdraw “inaccurate” claims about the doc(...)

 Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said there would be ‘huge challenges’ with staffing in the Naval Service throughout the year. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The Government is insisting there is no division between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe on the issue of naval shi(...)

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(...)

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