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# defence-forces - Monday 24 April, 2017

Hand grenade 'used during War of Independence' found during renovations Diy

Hand grenade 'used during War of Independence' found during renovations

The Mills 36 hand grenade was made safe and disposed of by the Defence Forces.

# defence-forces - Saturday 22 April, 2017

59 members of the Defence Forces tested positive for illegal drugs in the past five years

23 of the drug takers had to buy their way out of their military contracts.

# defence-forces - Thursday 20 April, 2017

Irish soldiers 'depend on loan sharks and welfare payments' to support their families

Family members gathered outside barracks all across the country today to highlight pay issues.

Wives and partners of Defence Forces members to hold nationwide protest today

The partners have claimed poor pay conditions have forced families to go to dangerous money lenders.

# defence-forces - Saturday 15 April, 2017

Illuminated and flown 24/7: Government Buildings' new plan for the tricolour

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said last year’s 1916 commemorations brought about a newfound respect for the tricolour.

# defence-forces - Monday 10 April, 2017

Irish soldiers who served in the Mediterranean to receive extra €15 a day

There had been concerns raised previously about soldiers struggling to travel to work.

# defence-forces - Thursday 6 April, 2017

Defence Forces pilot suspended after admitting taking cocaine before random drug test Exclusive

The pilot is expected to resign this week.

# defence-forces - Monday 3 April, 2017

Pictures: The Air Corps flew in formation across Dublin this morning

The brief display of formation flying at speed was in honour of the State visit of Croatia’s president to these shores.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 14 March, 2017

Houses evacuated in Kildare as army make two viable devices safe

Evidence from the scene has been handed over to gardaí.

# defence-forces - Saturday 11 March, 2017

Videogame nets Defence Forces 3,600 applicants from wannabe recruits

The Defence Forces took a different approach to its latest recruitment campaign.

# defence-forces - Friday 10 March, 2017

A number of homes evacuated as bomb disposal team attend scene in Tullamore

The scene was declared safe at 5.20pm.

# defence-forces - Thursday 23 February, 2017

Looking for a job? The Defence Forces are recruiting 860 personnel

Defence Minister Paul Kehoe today announced a major recruitment drive for defence Forces for 2017.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 22 February, 2017

Homemade bomb found in Limerick city late last night

The explosive was made safe by army bomb disposal experts.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 21 February, 2017

Defence Forces defuse two suspect devices in Cork city

A cordon was set up in the Mayfield area of Cork this afternoon.

# defence-forces - Sunday 19 February, 2017

Irish peacekeepers in Lebanon at risk from 'jihadist threat' says top general

Major General Michael Beary said that UN forces were wary of returning jihadists from Syria.

# defence-forces - Saturday 11 February, 2017

Tom Clonan: Ireland never rewards whistleblowers like Maurice McCabe and me - it punishes us

Ireland treats whistleblowers differently to most other countries – as I found out, writes Dr Tom Clontan.

# defence-forces - Friday 10 February, 2017

Three bombs discovered in vehicle during garda search in Kildare

The Defence Forces were called to the scene.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 31 January, 2017

Alleged Air Corps chemical exposure victims call for investigator to be replaced

Christopher O’Toole was a senior advisor to the Attorney General – a body named as the defendant in court documents.

# defence-forces - Sunday 25 December, 2016

Secret Santa, selection boxes and teamwork: Christmas for Irish Defence Forces at Golan Heights

Corporal Dan Browne is spending his third Christmas away from his home in Ballybrack, Dublin.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 21 December, 2016

Serving in Lebanon for Christmas: 'I have Love Actually and Home Alone ready to go'

Lieutenant Thomas Quigley will be serving with the Defence Forces over Christmas.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 20 December, 2016

Not getting a promotion was the most common complaint in the Defence Forces last year

Cases under review by the Ombudsman for Defence Forces rose 15% in 2015.

# defence-forces - Monday 12 December, 2016

Defence Forces honoured with award for humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts

The Irish force has been involved in the rescue of thousands of migrants.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 15 November, 2016

'Some navy officers rescuing migrants from the Med are on the minimum wage'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he has “no intention” of allowing the Defence Forces access to the Workplace Relations Commission or the Labour Court.

# defence-forces - Friday 4 November, 2016

Garda reps say martial law was threatened - Taoiseach says it was never contemplated

The GRA’s officer board claimed they were told there was “an immediate and viable threat to the security of the State”.

# defence-forces - Saturday 22 October, 2016

"Your sexual orientation doesn't matter" - the Defence Forces launches its first LGBT network

Defend With Pride is a resource put in place to “support all our personnel” says Troop Commander Paul Fleming.

# defence-forces - Friday 21 October, 2016

A mock firefight and IED blast: Irish soldiers prepare for Lebanon

The troops will be working as part of the United Nations alongside Finnish and Estonian troops.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 19 October, 2016

Giving anti-malaria drug Lariam to Irish troops "beggars belief", says support group

Support group Action Lariam for Irish Soldiers has said that the official policy on the drug needs to change.

# defence-forces - Friday 14 October, 2016

Defence Forces member hospitalised after incident during parachute jump

The accident, which involved the male soldier making a ‘hard landing’, happened earlier this afternoon at Custume Barracks in Athlone.

# defence-forces - Thursday 13 October, 2016

FactCheck: Was Willie O'Dea really not aware of concerns over Lariam, while he was Minister?

The Fianna Fáil TD was asked four times by Vincent Browne, and four times denied that concerns were mentioned to him about the anti-malaria drug given to Irish troops.

# defence-forces - Thursday 6 October, 2016

"Soldiers can’t afford fuel for 5 days a week - some take a day’s leave to save them the trip"

A recent survey found that 52% of soldiers are unsatisfied with military life – with 27% having considered leaving the Defence Forces because of the commute to work.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 4 October, 2016

No changes to drug testing in Defence Forces despite record number of failed tests

Defence Minister Paul Kehoe said drug misuse in the Defence Forces has serious implications for the safety of the public.

# defence-forces - Friday 30 September, 2016

Less than half of Defence Forces satisfied with military life

A recent report found that 48% of personnel were satisfied with military life, compared to 64% in 2008.

# 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.

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