Training for the diving section is among the most strenuous in the Defence Forces.

The Naval Service’s elite diving unit is operating at less than a quarter of its intended capacity as a result of the Defence Force’s retention crisis(...)

Naval Service’s flagship the LÉ Eithne has been withdrawn from service

The announcement by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the Naval Service will not participate in any new humanitarian missions to the Mediterranean has been (...)

In recent weeks NGO search and rescue activity has ceased in the Mediterranean under pressure from EU governments. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Government has said that the Irish Naval Service does not return migrants it rescues from the Mediterranean to Libya, following accusations b(...)

‘LE Samuel Beckett’  is back on duty in the  Mediterranean in Operation Sophia. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

Operation Sophia, the EU naval operation in the Mediterranean in which the Irish naval ship the LE Samuel Beckett is participating, is helping the Lib(...)

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit visit several notable venues during their trip to Ireland. File photograph: The Irish Times

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are to visit of the home of Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator, at Derrynane in Co Kerry during their three-day visit(...)

Defence Forces participation in two Pesco projects will ensure they have the best equipment and training. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is to agree to join two projects as part of its participation in a European Union defence project, the Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesc(...)

Migrants rescued by the European Union’s Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean on Friday.  Photograph: Facebook

Rescuers pulled 700 people to safety in the Mediterranean and found 23 bodies during one operation on Friday, an Italian coastguard spokesman said, th(...)

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson Foreign secretary Boris Johnson will call for new measures against senior military officers. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

EU foreign ministers are expected to hear a call on Monday from the UK for additional sanctions against the Syrian regime over its use of chemical wea(...)

Micheál Martin, a veteran of many manufactured hissy-fits in the phoney wars before the Dáil goes on long breaks, was growing weary of the arguing.  Photograph: Collins

The usual row about the business of the week was in full swing. Packed agenda. So much to do. So little time. The Dáil, you see, rises for summer (...)

LÉ ‘Samuel Beckett’ during a rescue mission in the Mediterranean last September. For the Naval Service, not being part of the wider EU operation but working in the same theatre on tasks intimately connected to the EU mission has created limitations

Allowing the Irish Naval Service participate in a European Union migrant search-and-rescue operation in the Mediterranean will give the Defence Forces(...)

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