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# 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.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

Homeless Defence Forces family offered council home

The family said they had also received help from members of the public and local businesses.

# defence-forces - Thursday 31 August, 2017

Irish Navy helps rescue over 200 migrants

Those rescued are receiving food, water and medical treatment as required.

# defence-forces - Saturday 26 August, 2017

Minister says emergency agency should be set up as army pitches in for second day in Donegal

The northwest was hit by heavy rain during the week.

# defence-forces - Thursday 24 August, 2017

Man in his 50s arrested after suspected bomb discovered at Tallaght home

The suspect device was removed for analysis by the Defence Forces EOD team.

# defence-forces - Monday 21 August, 2017

Bomb squad called in after 'suspect device' thrown at home in north Dublin suburb

Homes have been evacuated in the area, and the gardaí have requested the Defence Forces attend the scene.

# defence-forces - Friday 11 August, 2017

Properties evacuated after suspect device is found in Dundalk

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made the device safe.

# defence-forces - Saturday 29 July, 2017

Varadkar says transgender people will never be banned from serving in Irish Defence Forces

Donald Trump this week said that transgender people would not be able to serve in the US military.

# defence-forces - Monday 17 July, 2017

Irish Navy member commanding officer brought to court over duty-free cigarettes

The Irish Navy member said the reprimand he received should be quashed because it was imposed by an officer he claims played a role in the investigation

# defence-forces - Monday 10 July, 2017

'Medals don't feed families': Report says poor pay and conditions causing exodus in Defence Forces

The results “suggest a disconnect from the organisation itself” the researchers said.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 5 July, 2017

Thomond Bridge in Limerick re-opened after WW1 grenade found

The army arrived on scene and formed a cordon from 3.30pm this afternoon.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 28 June, 2017

'People who've suffered for our country should get the support they deserve'

A fundraising appeal for ex-Defence Forces personnel launches in Dublin later today.

# defence-forces - Monday 26 June, 2017

Irish Navy revives infant found unconscious in Mediterranean as record numbers saved

Commander Brian Fitzgerald said he was extremely proud of his team.

# defence-forces - Monday 19 June, 2017

Two Defence Forces members located after terror attack at Mali hotel

Two EU workers were killed in the attack on a hotel on the edge of the capital Bamako.

# defence-forces - Monday 12 June, 2017

Four finds of remains at three separate sites in Wicklow Mountains believed to be of the same person

The Defence Forces are now assisting gardaí and both scenes are being preserved for examination.

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