Paul Kehoe

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President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina visit southern Lebanon, where he met  Irish troops serving in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President Michael D Higgins’ visit to Irish UN peacekeepers in south Lebanon went ahead yesterday despite protests against rising prices, corruption a(...)

Senator Michael McDowell has spoken out against the prosecution of a British soldier for murder on Bloody Sunday 47 years ago. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former tánaiste and minister for justice, Senator Michael McDowell has spoken out against the prosecution of a British soldier for murder on Bloody Su(...)

A commissioning ceremony for Army officers at the Defence Forces Training Centre in the Curragh Camp, Co Kildare. File photograph: Alan Betson

The State’s defence budget will exceed €1 billion next year, after the Department of Defence was granted an extra €32.3 million in Budget 2020. Some(...)

Mark Keane speaks during a Pdforra conference in Castlebar, Co Mayo, in 2018. File photograph: Mick Burke/Defence Forces

The president of the Defence Forces representative body Pdforra has said conditions for members are so bad that 80 naval personnel are living on boats(...)

PDFORRA represents about 8,500 enlisted personnel across the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps and said there was a clear disparity between HSE staff being paid just over €80 for an eight-hour sleepover shift and its members being paid a €48 security duties allowance for 24 hours. File photograph: Alan Betson

The number of people leaving the Defence Forces had reached “crisis” proportions but could be alleviated if personnel deployed on duties of 24 hours o(...)

Paul Kehoe: “Prudent planning in relation to all situations that may require a Defence Forces response, including by the Naval Service and the Air Corps, is undertaken by the Defences Forces.” Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The Irish Naval Service and Air Corps are being primed to protect Irish sea fishing areas and vessels in a no-deal Brexit amid industry fears of tensi(...)

An Air Corps aviator plots a course for the Emergency Aeromedical Service helicopter. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The air ambulance service operated by the Defence Forces is “on the brink of collapse” due to staffing levels, military officers have been told. The (...)

Filew photograph Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe with Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett  (on left of Minister). Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces has warned military officers frustrated with the current recruitment and retention crisis about engaging in “(...)

The LÉ Samuel Beckett passes Cobh on the way back to  Haulbowline after operations  in  the Mediterranean. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The Naval Service has denied its personnel were endangered by the poor state of equipment on board the LÉ Samuel Beckett during its operations in the (...)

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(...)

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