Simon Carswell

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The Defence Forces conducted a major exercise in  Dublin last week to assess the responsiveness of the emergency forces during a possible terror attack

Junior defence minister Paul Kehoe will await a briefing with the Defence Forces on delays in the deployment of special forces to a terror attack befo(...)

A well-known political and human rights activist, Jim Cullen served as Sinn Féin’s legal representative in the US and took over as president of Friends of Sinn Féin in 2012. He stepped down from the role this year. File photograph: Simon Carswell

The death has taken place of Jim Cullen, a former president of Friends of Sinn Féin, the political party’s US organisation, and a prominent member of (...)

Scotland’s secretary for external affairs  said the UK government had to adopt “a more inclusive approach” and open up Brexit negotiations to more parties. Photograph: Getty Images

The UK government’s handling of Brexit talks has been “chaotic at best”, according to Scotland’s secretary for external affairs, Fiona Hyslop. Relati(...)

Wives and Partners of  Defence Forces, a group set up to highlight the relatives’ poor pay and working conditions, march to  the Dáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Martina Atkinson sends money and food parcels to her 33-year-old son in Navan, Co Meath. He has 15 years’ service in the Army but struggles to make en(...)

The 1916 Centenary Commemorative medals were presented to a number of Defence Force personnel by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Protests by partners and supporters of the Defence Forces are taking place today at army barracks across the country over pay and conditions. The dem(...)

Eamon Gilmore, who was minister for foreign affairs from 2011 to 2014: “In something like this you have to be pretty well focused singularly on it.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A general election during Brexit talks about the future of the Border would deeply damage Ireland’s negotiating position, former ministers for foreign(...)

Mike Russell: Brexit represents “a serious threat to devolution. We would have hoped that the DUP would have seen that.” Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The deadlock over the future of the Irish Border has meant that in the multi-rope tug-of-war contest that is the Brexit negotiations, some strenuous p(...)

The Government will be advised to change legislation to force satellite television services such as Sky and Virgin to pay RTÉ and TV3 retransmission fees for broadcasting their programmes. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The collection of television licence fees by the Revenue Commissioners, transferring the service from An Post, is among the recommendations to be mad(...)

“I heard a crack and knew I was f**ked.” That was how one survivor of the Berkeley balcony collapse is said to have recalled the moment that left the(...)

The nature of the crime can be both opportunistic and targeted. Courtney says that of the crimes reported within the construction industry in the past year, 90 per cent involved the theft of tools.   Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

“People magpie them. We refer to them as magpies. It is fairly common,” says Billy Wall, the head of one of the trade unions representing workers in t(...)

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