Navy recruits are quitting the high seas because security obligations and occasional remoteness make mobile phone usage impossible. This addiction is, it seems, a symptom and a cause of isolation.
Sat, 12 Oct, 2019
While pay and conditions will dominate PDForra’s annual conference, so too will overburdening stress within the ranks of the Defence Forces caused by manpower shortages.
Mon, 30 Sep, 2019
It’s not so long ago that Jill Hamilton was helping to save countless trafficked migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea.
Wed, 07 Aug, 2019
Defence Minister Paul Kehoe has been criticised as being “asleep at the wheel” after admitting he was not “briefed in advance” over the Navy staff shortages “fiasco”, which led to two vessels being docked.
Mon, 05 Aug, 2019
A pensioner with a "heart of gold" who has a special relationship with Malta after he donated a historic Naval crest to the country is fighting for his life after being knocked down while holidaying in the resort town of Sliema.
Tue, 09 Apr, 2019
The memorial event also served to highlight the simmering sense of injustice felt by many, writes
Wed, 09 Jan, 2019
LÉ Samuel Beckett’s crew saved 106 migrants from drowning, revived an unresponsive baby, searched ships for suspected gun-running and, at night, watched gun battles rage on the shore between rival militias fighting for control of Libya.
Sat, 21 Jul, 2018
A VIP passenger will be onboard LÉ Niamh when she departs her base next week for a three-month migrant rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea,.
Fri, 29 Sep, 2017
The Naval Service is set to expand its use of drones after their first deployment on an operational mission proved an outstanding success, capturing critical footage of a people smuggler changing his clothes to blend in with migrants.
Mon, 24 Jul, 2017
Irish sailors are heading to the Mediterranean this morning on the latest migrant rescue mission.
Fri, 14 Jul, 2017
Sat, 01 Jul, 2017
A Dutch businessman has picked up decommissioned Naval Service ship LÉ Aisling for the bargain basement price of €110,000.
Fri, 24 Mar, 2017
If you are reading this it is fair to assume that you are interested in wine, not just because it has the power to ‘banish care’ but because how it interacts with all your senses.
Sat, 25 Feb, 2017
Wed, 05 Oct, 2016
The crew of LÉ James Joyce picked up the living and dead, exploited by unscrupulous Islamic extremist- connected people smugglers who packed desperate people into flimsy vessels so unseaworthy it’s extremely unlikely they’d ever make it across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya.
Sat, 01 Oct, 2016
The crew of LÉ Samuel Beckett is on its way to the Mediterranean to take over migrant rescue operations from LÉ James Joyce, which is expected to arrive back in Haulbowline on September 30.
Sat, 24 Sep, 2016
An Irish naval vessel has been involved in a mission to rescue migrants off the coast of Libya.
Sat, 10 Sep, 2016
Fri, 02 Sep, 2016
Dare is raising funds for a portable wind turbine that can generate power when a ship is stationary, writes
Mon, 29 Aug, 2016
The brave actions of four crew members of a Naval Service ship, which nearly sunk after an incident off Cork Harbour in 1962, are to be finally recognised.
Fri, 19 Aug, 2016
The Irish Defence Forces are well ahead of their French counterparts when it comes to planning against terrorist hijacking of passenger ferries.
Wed, 03 Aug, 2016
The crew of LÉ James Joyce discovered 16 dead migrants onboard a metal barge who they believe died of crushing and suffocation because they were so tightly packed into the vessel.
Fri, 22 Jul, 2016
Three members of the 60-strong crew of LÉ James Joyce are returning for the second time to the Mediterranean Sea because they are anxious to help exploited refugees.
Sat, 09 Jul, 2016
Thehas completed a 12-week humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean Sea during which she rescued 1,263 migrants and recovered the bodies of four people.
Tue, 05 Jul, 2016
The Naval Service is beginning to increase fishery protection duties having suffered a number of setbacks in recent years.
Tue, 01 Mar, 2016
Woody Allen chose Hotel Le Bristol in Paris to capture the glamour of the roaring twenties in ‘Midnight in Paris’. After a weekend there, Deirdre Reynolds understands why.
Sat, 13 Feb, 2016
Tue, 26 Jan, 2016
Fri, 18 Dec, 2015
Some of the most memorable news events of the year, both heartening and heartbreaking, were recalled at the annual People of the Year Awards.
Mon, 07 Dec, 2015
Thu, 29 Oct, 2015
The third Naval Service ship to embark on humanitarian duties in the Mediterranean Sea made its rescue debut by taking onboard more than 430 refugees in a combined operation with the Italians.
Tue, 06 Oct, 2015
Proud families gathered on the quayside yesterday to welcome home the crew of LÉ Niamh, who apart from rescuing migrants, assisted in the birth of one and the double resuscitation of an infant who nearly drowned.
Sat, 03 Oct, 2015
Simon Coveney believes the Navy will take part in more overseas missions in the future, is committed to buying it more new ships and described the welcome home for LÉ Eithne as the "highlight" of his career as defence minister.
Sat, 18 Jul, 2015
Irish Naval personnel who have rescued over 3,400 migrants in the Mediterranean are not getting proper pay allowances.
Wed, 08 Jul, 2015
A Naval Service crew was forced to ‘abandon ship’ when further problems were detected on the new €70m LÉ James Joyce.
Tue, 07 Jul, 2015
As the morning sunshine slides across a memorial tomorrow morning in West Cork, a shadow on a sundial will mark the moment a jumbo jet was blasted out off the sky off the south-west coast.
Mon, 22 Jun, 2015
Irish Naval vessel the LÉ Eithne is expected to dock in a port in Italy today with the 399 people saved from the Mediterranean in its latest rescue operation in the area.
Mon, 08 Jun, 2015
A navy officer has described the distressing scenes he and his crewmates witnessed when they came across leaking vessels crammed with scared migrants who had no lifejackets, little fuel, and no provisions.
Thu, 04 Jun, 2015
Ireland is considering taking migrants who illegally cross into the EU in a change from its long-held policy of opting out of such policies at European level.
Tue, 19 May, 2015
Most of the big summer events have finalised their line-ups, with tickets already up for grabs.rounds up 10 of the best
Fri, 27 Mar, 2015
A Maltese naval crew will arrive in Haulbowline in the next few weeks to be trained to operate the LÉ Aoife, which was gifted to Malta amid some controversy.
Wed, 04 Mar, 2015
Work on removing potentially lethal asbestos on the Naval Service ship LÉ Orla has been completed, although it will be a few weeks before she becomes fully operational again.
Wed, 18 Feb, 2015
Three men from the north of England were arrested last night following the seizure of an estimated €88m of cocaine on a yacht during an operation which bears a striking resemblance to a drugs interception in 2008.
Thu, 25 Sep, 2014