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United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (Unifil) armoured vehicles patrol the area around the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Kila on the border with Israel on January 3rd, 2020. Photograph: Ali Dia/AFP/Getty

Hundreds of Irish troops serving on a United Nations mission in south Lebanon were bracing this weekend for potential exchanges of fire between Hizbul(...)

The Department of Defence acknowledged there had been an issue with retaining pilots.

A shortage of pilots has forced the Air Corps to scale back the emergency air ambulance service it provides to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for (...)

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Fianna Fáil has called on Minister for State for Defence Paul Kehoe to publish documents that would confirm his assertion that two Naval vessels are d(...)

Irish Army Ranger wing on patrol in Chad in 2008. Photograph: Conor Lally

The Army Ranger Wing is being deployed to the UN mission in Mali for two years, with a team of 14 personnel to rotate every four months. A decision t(...)

Official figures confirm the number of people departing the Defence Forces has surged in recent years.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Defence Force pay rates compare very favourably with other parts of the public service and some claims about conditions were “misleading” and “wildly (...)

The former head of the Army Ranger Wing, retired Comdt Cathal Berry said officials in the Department of Defence  were controlling micromanagers with no experience of military service yet did not consult with Defence Forces leadership.

Comments by the former head of the Army Ranger Wing, retired Comdt Cathal Berry, about the Defence Forces will have made uncomfortable reading for the(...)

Defence Forces on a UN interim force in Lebanon. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

The Defence Forces has had its largest loss of personnel in almost a decade despite efforts to recruit new entrants, new figures show. The Irish Time(...)

Members of Republican Sinn Féin during their Easter Rising commemoration outside the GPO in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There are no plans at present to ban public marches or displays with paramilitary trappings by subversive republican groups. Minister for Justice Cha(...)

Irish Army Mowag personnel carriers loading  onto a ship in Dublin  on their way to Chad for a UN mission

The Defence Forces has received significant extra money for purchases of new equipment next year across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service. Morale(...)

Members of the Defence Forces taking part in a 2013 State engagement. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has moved to address a growing crisis in the Defence Forces over falling numbers and increased levels of highly skilled personnel optin(...)

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