Sean Clancy

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 Minister for Defence Simon Coveney with Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Lieutenant General Seán Clancy addressing a press conference announcing the publication of the Commission on the Defence Forces report at the Military College, Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Even getting to the minimum level of defence spending recommended by the Commission on the Defence Forces will be a “huge ask”, Minister for Defence S(...)

On Monday at least three P-8 Poseidon aircraft were deployed by Britain’s RAF in operations along Irish shores.  Photograph: iStock

British anti-submarine aircraft have been operating off the west coast of Ireland with increased frequency ahead of Russian live-fire naval exercises (...)

Ireland has raised concerns with Russia over controversial naval exercises planned for next month within the State’s exclusive economic zone. Photograph: iStock

Ireland has raised concerns with Russia over controversial naval exercises planned for next month within the State’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). T(...)

Kevin O’Higgins, Michael Collins (marked with an ‘x’) and Éamonn Duggan leaving Dublin Castle after the British ‘handover’, on January 16th, 1922. Photograph: Joseph Cashman/National Library of Ireland

A hundred years ago this weekend a low-key event in Dublin Castle marked the handover of British rule to the new Irish Provisional Government. This(...)

The allegations of sexual assault and gender-based harassment of women in the Defence Forces ‘has necessitated a great degree of soul searching’ for commissioned officers. File photograph: Alan Betson

The allegations of sexual assault and gender-based harassment of women in the Defence Forces was “painful” to listen to and “has necessitated a great (...)

The alleged incident occurred in the sleeping quarters area of an Army installation on Saturday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The Defence Forces is carrying out an investigation into an alleged sexual assault at a military base over the weekend. The alleged incident occurred(...)

Defence Forces Chief of Staff Lieut Gen Seán Clancy, appointed just last week, has written to serving personnel warning them abuse will not be tolerated. Photograph: Defence Forces

Testimony from the women who allege repeated sexual assault and harassment within the Defence Forces suggests a troubling military culture. Not only h(...)

Simon Coveney and other dignitaries at opening of new ONE hostel for veterans in Cobh.

The Government is committed to working with the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen (ONE) to support former members of the Defence Forces who may h(...)

Major Gen Seán Clancy was speaking at the launch of Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann’s Fuschia appeal to raise money for veterans in need of assistance. Photograph: iStock

The incoming chief of staff of the Defence Forces has urged support for military veterans suffering from homelessness, addiction and mental health iss(...)

Photograph: Defence Forces

Just after 3.30pm on Thursday, a WhatsApp message went around Irish diplomatic and military circles: “In the air, all safe. Take a deep breath.” It m(...)

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