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#Defence Forces

# defence-forces - Sunday 25 September, 2016

This is what it's like to be an Irish soldier... in virtual reality

The Ploughing Championships can be a dangerous place.

# defence-forces - Friday 2 September, 2016

From The42 In pictures: The Defence Forces will have six soldiers in Sunday's All-Ireland final Opposite Sides This post contains images

In pictures: The Defence Forces will have six soldiers in Sunday's All-Ireland final

Four Kilkenny men and two from Tipp are preparing for the Croke Park showpiece.

# defence-forces - Sunday 28 August, 2016

'He served his country with pride': Tributes to soldier after body recovered off Donegal coast

Gavin Carey, a member of the Irish Defence Forces, had been swimming off Bundoran with other soldiers when he got into difficulty.

# defence-forces - Saturday 6 August, 2016

A big recruitment drive in the Irish Defence Forces has already closed

Nearly half of the places have been filled this year.

# defence-forces - Thursday 21 July, 2016

Irish sailors have rescued 605 people and recovered 16 dead bodies

The LE James Joyce was today tasked to a metal barge crossing the sea.

# defence-forces - Thursday 7 July, 2016

Meet the Defence Forces' first female colonel

Maureen O’Brien joined the Defence Forces in 1981 and previously served in the Lebanon, Western Sahara and East Timor

# defence-forces - Sunday 26 June, 2016

Thanks to Brexit, the fragile peace in Ireland is under threat

Security expert Tom Clonan writes that a referendum on Northern Ireland may lead to sectarian tensions in the six counties.

# defence-forces - Saturday 18 June, 2016

Man appears in Special Criminal Court charged with possession of explosives

The 52-year-old man was arrested as part of an ongoing operation targeting dissident republican activity.

# defence-forces - Saturday 11 June, 2016

Homes evacuated after army bomb disposal team called to device in Waterford

The artillery shell has been removed to a safe military location for further examination.

# defence-forces - Thursday 5 May, 2016

Opinion: Women have shown time and time again that they are a more deadly species than the male

Security expert Tom Clonan explains why armies across the world need female soldiers and officers, in all positions.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 13 April, 2016

Irish Defence Forces to recruit 1,450 new staff

The 2016 campaign will specifically target increased female recruitment.

# defence-forces - Sunday 27 March, 2016

Watch: The proclamation of the Irish Republic has been read once more at the GPO The Ownership Of Ireland This post contains videos

Watch: The proclamation of the Irish Republic has been read once more at the GPO

The proclamation, first read by Padraig Pearse on Easter Monday 1916, was re-read by Defence Forces Captain Peter Kelleher

# defence-forces - Monday 21 March, 2016

Irish Defence Forces members safe after armed men storm hotel

Four gunmen attacked a training base in Mali, one was shot dead.

# defence-forces - Saturday 12 March, 2016

Explosive device found during search in Finglas

Gardaí are investigating the incident.

# defence-forces - Friday 26 February, 2016

Viable bombs and IED components found at three locations last night

An explosive device was found on the M7 motorway in Laois.

# defence-forces - Sunday 14 February, 2016

Defence Forces take a break from their missions to send Valentine’s Day messages home

‘Hugs and kisses from the Lebanon’.

# defence-forces - Friday 12 February, 2016

From Business ETC A disused army site in Co Kildare has just sold for a cool €8.2 million Magee Barracks

A disused army site in Co Kildare has just sold for a cool €8.2 million

Magee Barracks in Kildare Town will now be redeveloped by the buyer, an unnamed Irish client.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 9 February, 2016

Cavan courthouse cleared as bomb squad inspects suspect device

Virginia Main Street was closed for several hours after the morning alert.

# defence-forces - Monday 1 February, 2016

Houses evacuated after viable explosive is found in Galway

The incident happened late last night.

# defence-forces - Sunday 31 January, 2016

‘I wanted to keep the peace, and joining the Irish army was the best way to do that…’

The number of women officers in the Defence Forces is finally on the rise and Catherine Smyth is one of them. But Catherine is Scottish, not Irish.

# defence-forces - Monday 4 January, 2016

Dublin firefighters deliver baby boy in Swords home

Both mother and baby are reported to be doing well.

# defence-forces - Friday 1 January, 2016

Army deployed around the country to help tackle flooding

The Defence Forces will be help by providing sandbags and transportation.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 30 December, 2015

Bomb squad deployed to Tallaght to make ‘legacy device’ safe

The device was spotted by a member of the public in a river in the Dodder Valley.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 29 December, 2015

Here’s how many times the bomb squad was called out this year

The Defence Forces has released statistics for this year on its army operations.

# defence-forces - Sunday 27 December, 2015

Irish ships in the Mediterranean rescued almost 9,000 migrants in 2015

Both Ireland’s maritime Defence Forces and its Coast Guard have had a year to remember.

# defence-forces - Monday 21 December, 2015

‘Sorry I can’t be with you’: Christmas messages from Irish soldiers serving abroad Missing You This post contains images

‘Sorry I can’t be with you’: Christmas messages from Irish soldiers serving abroad

There are 424 Irish military personnel serving in 15 countries around the world.

# defence-forces - Sunday 13 December, 2015

Drafting in the army to tackle the flood waters shows lessons have been learned from past disasters

The weather conditions are predicted to persist in the coming days, but we are a lot better off than we were back in 2009 and 2010.

# defence-forces - Thursday 10 December, 2015

Athlone residents battle floods as raw sewage erupts onto streets

Locals residents have been working non-stop to prepare for more flooding

Worst of flooding still to come along Shannon river

Water levels are expected to peak this weekend.

# defence-forces - Friday 27 November, 2015

Pictures: 1,300 Irish soldiers take part in ‘Dark Nights’ exercise Dark Nights This post contains images

Pictures: 1,300 Irish soldiers take part in ‘Dark Nights’ exercise

The exercise took place over the last two weeks in Kildare and Cork.

# defence-forces - Thursday 26 November, 2015

Houses evacuated after two viable bombs are found

The Army bomb disposal team attended the scene.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 25 November, 2015

Are we willing to risk Irish lives by sending troops to Mali or Lebanon?

Minister Simon Coveney must address the potential dangers involved in sending Irish soldiers to replace French forces, Ryan McCarrel writes.

# defence-forces - Thursday 19 November, 2015

Irish troops could free up France to fight Isis

France is considering withdrawing from some peacekeeping missions.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 18 November, 2015

Will Ireland have to provide military assistance to France?

France is using The Lisbon treaty’s equivalent of Nato’s ‘an attack on one is an attack on all’ clause.

# defence-forces - Monday 16 November, 2015

Ex-soldier who killed sex worker jailed for eight years

Marie Green’s family said the sentence was not enough.

How is our government responding to the Paris attacks?

The Taoiseach and several ministers have been speaking about what precautions Ireland is taking in recent days.

# defence-forces - Monday 2 November, 2015

“He made an impression on everyone he met” – tributes to army officer killed in car accident

Lieutenant Colonel Jack Griffin was killed after being struck by a car near Thurles on Saturday afternoon.

# defence-forces - Saturday 31 October, 2015

Boy (15) arrested after explosive made safe by bomb squad

The IED was found at a house in Corduff Gardens.

# defence-forces - Friday 30 October, 2015

Wicklow blast damages vehicles in residential area

The scene was declared safe at 7am.

# defence-forces - Friday 23 October, 2015

The army and the ATMs: Was Enda talking about the ‘most secret committee in government’?

Details of emergency planning in the event of an Irish default are contained in Pat Leahy’s ‘The Price of Power’.

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