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#Defence Forces

# defence-forces - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

'Compliments and commendations don't put meals on tables': Defence Forces families march on Leinster House

The government insists work is under way to address pay and conditions of Defence Forces personnel.

'Give our defence forces a living wage': Why I'm marching on the Dáil today

Dr Tom Clonan outlines his reasons for protesting at Leinster House today.

# defence-forces - Monday 10 September, 2018

'If we don't pay our Defence Forces a decent wage, we will lose talented, educated young people'

Young Fine Gael wants its senior party colleagues to change conditions for soldiers being paid ‘the lowest average wage in the public sector’.

# defence-forces - Friday 7 September, 2018

Error in selection process leads Defence Forces to withdraw employment offer from four new recruits

It comes at a time when it’s claimed the Defence Forces is experiencing a recruitment crisis.

# defence-forces - Monday 3 September, 2018

Peacekeeping and disabilites on the agenda as Sean Gallagher to formally begin presidential campaign

The businessman announced last week that he would contest the presidential race again following weeks of speculation.

# defence-forces - Saturday 1 September, 2018

'We always turn up and we always will': Ireland's frontline workers are getting their own day of recognition

National Services Day will take place annually on the first Saturday in September.

# defence-forces - Friday 31 August, 2018

'We were given the baton': How Ireland's Defence Forces helped with significant cocaine seizure in UK

Five men were arrested in this operation for drug trafficking offences.

# defence-forces - Thursday 30 August, 2018

Five men arrested and drugs seized as Defence Forces assist in inter-agency operation at sea

A UK National Crime Agency (NCA) coordinated operation led to the detention of a yacht yesterday evening.

# defence-forces - Monday 27 August, 2018

'Exposure to infectious diseases deeply worrying': Soldiers forced to bed down close to needles in Phoenix Park

The Permanent Defence Forces Representative Association says it intends to fully investigate with its members in the coming days.

# defence-forces - Thursday 16 August, 2018

'Morale is on the floor': Defence Forces to be paid just €47.59 per day for extra work during Pope visit

Soldiers have to provide assistance when requested to do so, but groups say they are not being compensated adequately.

# defence-forces - Thursday 5 July, 2018

Air Corps deployed to battle blazes in six different counties

The Air Corps has responded to requests in Dublin, Wicklow, Limerick, Cork, Tipperary and Offaly.

# defence-forces - Sunday 24 June, 2018

Pride and sacrifice: Marking 60 years of Irish participation in peacekeeping missions Defence Forces This post contains videos

Pride and sacrifice: Marking 60 years of Irish participation in peacekeeping missions

Ireland holds the record for the longest unbroken peacekeeping service of any nation in the world.

# defence-forces - Sunday 10 June, 2018

Private faces discharge for pointing loaded rifle while 'having a laugh' in barracks

The court heard that he breached ‘every single safeguard that had been put in place’ around lethal weapons.

# defence-forces - Sunday 27 May, 2018

It's cost €60k this year to have the army help out when US military planes land at Shannon Airport

Since 2003, the gardaí have been allowed request support from the Defence Forces at the airport.

# defence-forces - Monday 30 April, 2018

Suspect substance found during passenger screening at Dublin Airport

The substance was tested and destroyed this afternoon by members of the Defence Forces.

# defence-forces - Thursday 26 April, 2018

Defence Forces conduct exercise to help prepare for 'dirty bomb' attacks

This EU-funded project uses robots and unmanned aerial vehicles to help minimise the risk to operators while collecting physical evidence.

# defence-forces - Monday 9 April, 2018

From The42 'I didn't actually speak to Brian Cody for the whole six months I was out there' Defence Forces

'I didn't actually speak to Brian Cody for the whole six months I was out there'

Eoin Larkin recalls his time away on peace-keeping duty and says it’ll take time for Paul Murphy and Colin Fennelly to get back up to speed when they return.

# defence-forces - Thursday 29 March, 2018

Army bomb squad called to Terenure after donor accidentally handed in 'grenade'

The device is not thought to be viable.

# defence-forces - Monday 26 March, 2018

Defence Forces looking to recruit 480 people to help 'defend against modern threats'

The government wants to maintain a strength level of 9,500 personnel across the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps.

# defence-forces - Monday 5 March, 2018

Emergency Department attendances rise sharply today in wake of Storm Emma

During the course of Storm Emma, the HSE saw a 41% reduction in attendances at Emergency Departments.

# defence-forces - Thursday 1 March, 2018

Michael D Higgins praises people who are working to provide essential services during storm

A status red snow-ice warning is in place for the entire country.

# defence-forces - Sunday 21 January, 2018

Surge in women joining Defence Forces after €360,000 is spent on recruitment campaigns A New Dawn This post contains videos

Surge in women joining Defence Forces after €360,000 is spent on recruitment campaigns

Almost 14,000 men and women applied to join the Defence Forces in 2017.

# defence-forces - Sunday 31 December, 2017

Mass graves in Rwanda and trying to break the Jadotville seige: Listen to these pieces of Defence Forces history

The Military Archives’ Oral History Project was launched earlier this year.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 27 December, 2017

Why aren't unused army barracks used to provide shelter for the homeless?

The Minister for Defence told the Dáil that many vacant units are in a “very poor state of repair”.

# defence-forces - Saturday 23 December, 2017

'I'll be home soon': Christmas messages from Irish soldiers serving abroad Missing You This post contains images

'I'll be home soon': Christmas messages from Irish soldiers serving abroad

There are 600 military personnel serving in 13 different countries around the world.

# defence-forces - Friday 22 December, 2017

Defence Forces 'facing challenges' in fulfilling its gender targets

It has run a number of female-focused recruitment campaigns and says that gender diversity is an operational imperative.

# defence-forces - Thursday 21 December, 2017

'It’s tough to be away from home': Varadkar visiting Irish troops in Lebanon

Hundreds of Irish people will be deployed overseas this Christmas.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 12 December, 2017

Defence Forces officer launches court challenge over report into corruption allegations

A report into the allegations made by Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Lane has not been published.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 6 December, 2017

Photos: More than 500 members of Defence Forces take part in major terrorist incident exercise

The Defence Forces practiced various operational and tactical procedures while undertaking the exercise.

# defence-forces - Saturday 2 December, 2017

'You're talking about going to war': TDs concerned EU defence deal could lead to Ireland joining a European army

Last week, the Cabinet gave the go-ahead for Ireland to take part in an EU plan.

# defence-forces - Thursday 30 November, 2017

'Families are living in poverty': Wives of defence forces holding a 24 hour vigil outside Leinster House

The protest will begin today at 2pm with a wreath laying ceremony in honour of Defence Forces members who have died.

Attempts to dismiss serving Air Corps whistleblower on medical grounds 'not a disciplinary procedure'

The man is one of a number of whistleblowers in the Air Corps.

# defence-forces - Saturday 25 November, 2017

Thirsty troops will now have to pay €3.10 for a pint of Guinness

The Defence Forces raised the price of booze in its subsidised watering holes.

# defence-forces - Thursday 16 November, 2017

Army detonates bomb with controlled explosion in Carlow

A “complex, viable improvised device” which was made safe through a controlled explosion.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 24 October, 2017

IRA spies and 10-year-old dispatch carriers: Inside newly-released military docs

A new collection of documents relating to the revolutionary period have been released.

# defence-forces - Saturday 21 October, 2017

Ombudsman rejects complaint that Defence Forces member was subjected to 'bullying, intimidation and harassment'

The case is included in the Defence Forces Ombudsman annual report for 2016.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 18 October, 2017

Houses evacuated as bomb squad makes explosive device safe in Limerick

The alarm was raised just before midday.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 17 October, 2017

Limerick homes evacuated as Army Bomb Disposal Team explode grenade found in the area

The grenade was discovered in the vicinity of a private residence on the Pennywell Road.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 3 October, 2017

Over 1,000 Defence Forces members bought their way out in the last five years

Representatives say the government needs to improve pay and conditions to stop people leaving and encourage new recruits to join.

# defence-forces - Thursday 28 September, 2017

On the hunt for a job? The Defence Forces have launched a new recruitment campaign

Defence Minister Paul Kehoe announced a new Permanent Defence Force general service recruitment competition.

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