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Dublin: 14 °C Friday 19 September, 2014

#Defence Forces

# defence-forces - Tuesday 2 September, 2014

One of the Government jets has broken down – what are ministers to do?

The Gulfstream IV, which Brian Lenihan said in 2010 should be scrapped, is out of action — leaving just one jet on duty.

# defence-forces - Monday 1 September, 2014

Syrian troops and Islamist rebels exchange fire near peace line in Golan Heights

Defence Minister Simon Coveney wants a UN review of the peacekeeping

# defence-forces - Sunday 31 August, 2014

Philippine UN peacekeepers safe after Irish-aided ‘great escape’

More than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas that came under attack by Syrian rebels. Irish troops were involved in the first evacuation operation.

# defence-forces - Saturday 30 August, 2014

Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday

Everyone’s been talking about the Irish operation in the Golan Heights, a tragic road crash in Cork, rail talks… and VERY LOUD NOISES.

Irish soldiers “safe and accounted for” after daring rescue mission

Irish troops staged an operation to evacuate UN troops from an area where heavy fighting was taking place.

Opinion: The lives of our peacekeeping troops are being recklessly risked at the Syrian border

The situation at the border is far too volatile for the UN mission’s remit – it seems the only reason to keep it there is for political posturing.

# defence-forces - Friday 29 August, 2014

Irish peacekeepers safe but “on high alert” after Golan Heights kidnappings

Irish personnel secured a route and provided security as UNDOF troops withdrew from a position today.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

Irish peacekeeping troops experiencing ‘some harassment’ in Syria

Another 130 troops will deploy to the area next month.

# defence-forces - Saturday 23 August, 2014

New owner of Rockhill wants people to tell him what to do with former army barracks

John Molloy wants to make the manor house the new Lissadell.

# defence-forces - Friday 15 August, 2014

Gardaí investigate after bomb squad find viable explosive device near Donegal home IED

Gardaí investigate after bomb squad find viable explosive device near Donegal home

A number of houses in the area were evacuated as the device was examined.

Member of public brings viable artillery shell to garda station

The device was made safe by the Defence Forces late last night.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 12 August, 2014

Deportation of man suspected of killing Irish soldiers “an important step”

Mahmoud Bazzi will be deported from the US to Lebanon, where it is hoped he will face justice.

# defence-forces - Monday 11 August, 2014

Man suspected of killing two Irish soldiers in Lebanon to be deported from US

Mahmoud Bazzi entered the US illegally but is not charged with the deaths.

# defence-forces - Saturday 9 August, 2014

Sinn Féin wants Ireland to stop buying Israeli-made military equipment

More than €2.9 million has been spent on such equipment since 2011.

# defence-forces - Sunday 3 August, 2014

# defence-forces - Saturday 2 August, 2014

Irish Air Corps capture amazing video of rare fin whale leaping out of the sea

Fin whales are the second largest animals on the planet.

# defence-forces - Thursday 31 July, 2014

# defence-forces - Friday 25 July, 2014

Houses evacuated after viable bomb discovered by gardaí

The device was found during a garda search of a building in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford.

# defence-forces - Saturday 19 July, 2014

Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday

Everyone’s talking about MH17, Gaza, and selfies…

# defence-forces - Thursday 10 July, 2014

This Sunday we remember those who died serving Ireland, here’s how you can

The President and the Taoiseach will be at the main commemoration in the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday News Fix This post contains videos

Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday

Everyone’s talking about Garth Brooks, the cabinet reshuffle and Google smartphones for robots…

# defence-forces - Monday 7 July, 2014

From The Daily Edge So, eh, the Air Corps bumped into Pharrell Williams today Patient Transfer

So, eh, the Air Corps bumped into Pharrell Williams today

A helicopter crew transferring a patient to the United Kingdom had a quick chat with the performer.

# defence-forces - Thursday 3 July, 2014

LÉ Niamh comes to the aid of capsized boat in Cork Harbour

Two men were found standing on top of upturned craft, and brought back to shore for medical attention.

# defence-forces - Monday 30 June, 2014

Did you spot this Air Corps training mission over Dublin yesterday? Flight This post contains images

Did you spot this Air Corps training mission over Dublin yesterday?

Corporal Declan Parke captured these stunning shots from one of the planes.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

Chief whip gets more powers, but the Taoiseach is still ‘in every way’ the Defence Minister

Many powers over the day-to-day running of the Defence Minister have been delegated to the government chief whip Paul Kehoe following Cabinet approval today.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

Protest planned as ex-soldiers and families face eviction from Curragh Camp

The government has previously said it would be too costly to carry out repairs to the ageing properties.

# defence-forces - Monday 16 June, 2014

Hello soldiers: Taoiseach to meet the troops serving in Lebanon

The Taoiseach will also announce an additional €2 million in emergency funding to help Syrian and Palestinian refugees.

# defence-forces - Sunday 8 June, 2014

If you see a Defence Forces vehicle with an L-plate, don’t worry

The Defence Forces says that all learner drivers are accompanied – and they don’t carry explosive material.

# defence-forces - Friday 23 May, 2014

Pictures: Irish Defence Forces personnel vote in Election 2014 … from Mali

All members of the Defence Forces usually vote by postal ballot whether at home or overseas…

# defence-forces - Friday 16 May, 2014

Asbestos found on LÉ Aoife this week should have been removed a decade ago

The ship was taken out of action for a period this week while items were inspected for asbestos.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

Army conducts ‘painstaking’ search for explosives at derelict building

A “volatile” War of Independence grenade has already been found at the Dublin location and it is believed there may be a number of dangerous devices there.

The opposition wants to know how long Enda Kenny will stay as Defence Minister

The Taoiseach has taken over the portfolio on a temporary basis.

# defence-forces - Monday 12 May, 2014

Bomb squad called to disarm ‘historical’ artillery shell found in a garden

The scene in Tipperary Town was declared safe at 5pm.

Man arrested after viable device found at Dublin hotel

The device was made safe by a bomb disposal team yesterday afternoon.

# defence-forces - Sunday 11 May, 2014

Viable device made safe at Dublin hotel

The Defence Forces made the device safe without the need for a controlled explosion.

# defence-forces - Saturday 10 May, 2014

Eurovision, RTÉ Guide and Dr Dre: The week in numbers

Plus: Who was on the top-selling edition of the RTE Guide this year?

# defence-forces - Thursday 8 May, 2014

Dummy grenade sparks bomb scare close to Heuston Station

The device contained no explosive content, and was similar to the kind used in military drills.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 6 May, 2014

Hundreds of Irish soldiers were exposed to asbestos while serving overseas Exclusive

However, the Defence Forces were unaware for almost ten years.

# defence-forces - Thursday 1 May, 2014

Spanish fishing vessel detained by naval service off Cork

The operation is in relation to an alleged breach of fishing regulations.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

The Defence Force’s newest ship has arrived in Cork LE SAMUEL BECKETT This post contains images

The Defence Force’s newest ship has arrived in Cork

The LÉ Samuel Beckett will remain at Haulbowline until the middle of next month.

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