Paul Kehoe

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Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe greets members of the Defence Foirces at the commissioning ceremony of the 10th Potential Officers Course to the rank of officer at the Printworks in Dublin Castle on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“Ladies and gentlemen,” intoned Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe as he addressed the commissioning ceremony of the newest officers of the Defence Force(...)

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(...)

The Defence Forces cannot recruit new personnel quickly enough to replace those who are opting out. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“I would have loved to have stayed in the Army but I just couldn’t afford to,” said one former soldier who opted out last year. “It was really all I (...)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence Paul Kehoe said the newly-released files will shine a unique spotlight on the ‘activities undertaken by ordinary people pursuing the ambition of nationhood’.

The release of the brigade activity reports (BAR) will give an “unprecedented insight” into the history of the Irish revolution, the Minister of State(...)

IRA men who were at the Kilmichael ambush

Dundalk was “sneeringly hostile” to the Irish Republican Army during the War of Independence, according to records from the time that are to be publis(...)

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe: ‘I do not believe there will ever be a European army.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A Fine Gael former minister for defence has accused the Government of attempting to “join the big boys” on European defence projects in a “creepy craw(...)

Approval has now been given to conduct a competition for a contracted civilian consultant at pay rates equivalent to those available in the HSE. File photograph: Alan Betson

A recruitment process run last year to find a military psychiatrist for the Defence Forces yielded no applicants, prompting charges of “penny pinching(...)

 Micheál Martin says:  ‘I am blocking nobody from running for anything.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sitting Fianna Fáil TDs will not be blocked from standing in this year’s European Parliament elections, party leader Micheál Martin has said. Mr Mar(...)

The wind farm at Bruckana on  the Laois, Kilkenny, Tipperary borders. The Irish Wind Energy Association says the restrictions outlined in the position paper “have the potential to restrict wind-farm development in 29 per cent of the available land in the Republic of Ireland”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Building wind farms would be impossible in almost a third of the country under “deeply worrying” draft guidelines proposed by the Air Corps, the Gover(...)

Political sources have previously said Mr Hogan could change brief if he remains at the Commission. File photograph: Alan Betson

European Commissioner Phil Hogan has publicly indicated for the first time that he is open to serving a second five-year term in Brussels. Mr Hogan,(...)

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