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Dublin: 10 °C Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Defence Forces

# defence-forces - Yesterday’s News

50 bomb disposal call-outs this year – 34 fewer than last year

The most recent call-out was at the weekend, when a device was found in Tallaght.

# defence-forces - Sunday 20 April, 2014

Pics: President Higgins and Taoiseach among thousands who gather to remember Easter Rising Ireland Remembers This post contains images

Pics: President Higgins and Taoiseach among thousands who gather to remember Easter Rising

A wreath was laid outside the steps of the GPO with the Proclamation of the Republic also read out.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

Legal advice sought after dozens potentially exposed to asbestos on Irish naval ship

A number of civilians are thought to have been involved in the incident as well.

# defence-forces - Monday 14 April, 2014

Garda bodies launch High Court challenge to sick pay changes

Sick and injured gardaí have already been moved to lower rates of sick pay as changes in legislation reduce the amount of time they can receive the full rate.

‘Forced to avail of the Dole’: 120 Navy and Army personnel to be made redundant

There is currently a maximum service limit of 21 years for private and corporal personnel.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 9 April, 2014

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

It’s the middle of the week now and here’s everything you need to know before 9am.

Planning on applying to the Defence Forces? Better get moving…

The deadline for applications is midnight tonight.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Package with ‘white powder and a swastika’ sent to Alan Shatter’s home

In the Dáil, the Taoiseach said the anti-Semitic material sent to Shatter’s home was “a new low”. Several members of the gardaí and the Defence Forces were on the scene in Ballinteer, south Dublin earlier today.

# defence-forces - Monday 31 March, 2014

Army experts called in, as viable bomb found in Cork estate

A member of the public found the suspect device and called gardaí.

Watch: Irish troops return home from their six-month tour of duty in Syria

A couple even got to meet their newborns for the first time.

# defence-forces - Thursday 27 March, 2014

Controlled explosion carried out on homemade bomb in Clondalkin IED

Controlled explosion carried out on homemade bomb in Clondalkin

The viable device was found in the Monksfield area overnight.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 26 March, 2014

Efforts made in Lebanon ‘from time to time’ to find remains of Irish soldier, says Shatter

Private Hugh Doherty and Private Kevin Joyce were both killed in Lebanon in 1981. Joyce’s body was never recovered.

Have a neck tattoo? Did you know you’re barred from joining the Defence Forces?

Minister for Defence Alan Shatter said there are no plans to review the rule.

# defence-forces - Sunday 23 March, 2014

Fisherman with head injuries airlifted from trawler 260km out to sea

Coast Guard and Air Corps craft were dispatched to the scene, after the vessel put out an emergency call.

# defence-forces - Saturday 22 March, 2014

Can you see what this Air Corps pilot has just done?

It’s all in a day’s work for the Air Corps.

# defence-forces - Friday 7 March, 2014

The Navy and Army looking for 900 recruits

Minister Shatter made the announcement this afternoon.

# defence-forces - Friday 28 February, 2014

Homes evacuated in south Dublin after discovery of viable bomb

The device was made safe at the scene by a bomb disposal team and gardaí are now investigating the incident.

# defence-forces - Thursday 27 February, 2014

Bomb squad defuses three viable bombs found in suburban estate

The devices were initially found by a member of the public. They were disabled without the need for a controlled explosion.

# defence-forces - Saturday 22 February, 2014

Ever wonder if you have what it takes for a tour of duty in Syria? Tough Enough This post contains images

Ever wonder if you have what it takes for a tour of duty in Syria?

Ireland’s 44 Infantry Group are heading to the Golan Heights in March.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 19 February, 2014

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning, here’s everything you need to know to launch yourself into Wednesday.

Two serving soldiers arrested after Defence Forces respond to viable bomb

The man and women, both in their 20s, were detained after the army bomb squad responded to a call out at a residence next to a filling station.

# defence-forces - Saturday 8 February, 2014

Want to join the army? Recruitment starts next month

There are currently 264 vacancies in the force to fill, though Minister Shatter said “no specific weaknesses” have been brought to his attention.

# defence-forces - Friday 7 February, 2014

Army renders safe third historic grenade in last seven days

This time the device was found at a commercial premises in Roscommon.

# defence-forces - Friday 31 January, 2014

“Very dangerous” early-20th century grenade found in Co Cork

The item was made safe by the army bomb disposal squad.

Viable bomb defused in Monaghan

The device was defused without a controlled explosion.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

Terror group make death threat against Irish soldier

The Defence Forces said gardaí and Military Police investigations are ongoing.

# defence-forces - Monday 20 January, 2014

Gilmore: No Irish troops being made available for CAR mission

EU foreign ministers have agreed to send around 500 troops to the African nation to back up French and African forces.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

Navy vessel helps tanker with 15k tonnes of caustic soda after engine failure

The stricken vessel is being towed by LÉ Aisling.

# defence-forces - Friday 10 January, 2014

Explosive device made safe outside home in Ballymun

Some residents in the area had to leave their homes in the early hours of this morning while the device was blown up safely.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

EU nations to consider joint military operation to Central African Republic

The Department of Defence said that any decision to send Irish troops to CAR would be a decision “made by government ultimately”.

# defence-forces - Thursday 26 December, 2013

WATCH: How Irish troops abroad spent their Christmas Day

Santa suits in Lebanon and a diverse kitchen staff in Syria, this is how our troops spent the day.

# defence-forces - Monday 23 December, 2013

Minister for Time confirms Ireland is prepared for Santa’s arrival

An Garda Síochana, the Defence Forces and Met Éieann have all been mobilised as part of the massive operation to prepare for Santa’s arrival.

# defence-forces - Friday 20 December, 2013

Defence Forces in Golan Heights send messages back home Christmas Greetings This post contains images

Defence Forces in Golan Heights send messages back home

Don’t forget about our troops abroad this Christmas.

# defence-forces - Thursday 19 December, 2013

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Don’t forget about them: Defence Forces abroad send Xmas wishes This post contains images

Don’t forget about them: Defence Forces abroad send Xmas wishes

Read messages to loved ones from those in some of the smaller overseas missions (where you may not even realise we have troops posted).

# defence-forces - Friday 13 December, 2013

Defence Forces to begin general service recruiting early next year — Shatter

The new staff will be hired in order to keep the personnel level above the ‘agreed stabilised strength’ of 9,500.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

Irish troops’ vehicle in Syria blast ‘struck a mine’ while reversing

Troops came under fire last week while travelling in a UN convoy.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 27 November, 2013

171 Irish troops due home as their replacements settle in for Christmas in Lebanon

The 108th Battalion troops will be welcomed home by family members and well-wishers at Dublin Airport today.

# defence-forces - Thursday 21 November, 2013

Viable homemade bomb made safe by disposal team in south county Dublin

The explosive device was found at a private residence in the Woodlands Grove area of Shankill.

# defence-forces - Thursday 7 November, 2013

Three pipe bombs found in Limerick house

The three viable devices were made safe by an Army bomb disposal team in the early hours of this morning.

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