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#Defence Forces

# defence-forces - Friday 29 November, 2019

Lisa Smith and her daughter expected to return to Ireland this weekend

Depending on how quickly her case is processed by Turkish officials, she could land back in Ireland as soon as tomorrow.

Tusla involved in welfare plans for Lisa Smith's child, Taoiseach says

The former Defence Forces member who was married to an Islamic State fighter is due back in Ireland

# defence-forces - Thursday 28 November, 2019

Return of Lisa Smith at a 'very, very sensitive time', says Kehoe

Smith will undergo a security assessment when she returns to Ireland, it was reported earlier this month.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 26 November, 2019

Lisa Smith is expected back in Ireland by the end of this week

Smith will undergo a security assessment when she returns to Ireland, it was reported earlier this month.

# defence-forces - Saturday 16 November, 2019

Irish Naval Service detains Spanish boat off Valentia Island for alleged fishing law breaches

It’s the 12th such vessel detained by the Naval Service so far this year.

# defence-forces - Monday 11 November, 2019

Lisa Smith expected back in Ireland as Turkey prepares to deport over 20 'foreign jihadists'

Lisa Smith and her child are currently in Turkey.

# defence-forces - Monday 4 November, 2019

Tánaiste hopeful for breakthrough in Lisa Smith case 'within a few weeks'

Simon Coveney has said his primary concern is for Smith’s two-year-old daughter.

# defence-forces - Sunday 3 November, 2019

Defence Forces deployed on mission to bring Lisa Smith back to Ireland

Sources have confirmed to TheJournal.ie that plans are in place to bring Smith home from the warzone.

# defence-forces - Thursday 10 October, 2019

Five suspected pipe bombs made safe after buildings evacuated in Offaly

A number of buildings in Edenderry were evacuated last night.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Higgins says he wasn't elected to 'just read speeches he has been handed'

The president said recent comments he made about Defence Forces pay are “very much within the Constitution”.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 24 September, 2019

'I either have to leave the Defence Forces or stay and be homeless with my pregnant wife'

Officers today called for the provision of quarters for married couples or the introduction of a rent allowance to assist them.

Defence Forces Chief: 'Some great people are making the choice to leave the organisation'

Mark Mellett said he believes the organisation’s challenges will get worse before they get better.

# defence-forces - Monday 23 September, 2019

Defence Forces officers vote to accept €10m allowance proposals

The government has said the changes would make Irish military careers more attractive.

# defence-forces - Thursday 12 September, 2019

'I think it's quite unusual': Ministers respond to President Higgins' Defence Forces pay speech

As president, Higgins is the supreme commander of the Defence Forces.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 11 September, 2019

President Michael D Higgins offers support to Defence Force staff over pay Pay

President Michael D Higgins offers support to Defence Force staff over pay

Higgins was speaking at an event celebrating members of the Defence Forces.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 28 August, 2019

French fishing vessel detained off Cork coast for alleged breach of fishing regulations

The vessel is the 9th to be seized so far this year off Irish waters.

# defence-forces - Monday 26 August, 2019

Army Ranger Wing prepares for deployment to UN mission in 'hostile environment' of Mali

The mission has been described as the most dangerous UN peacekeeping mission in the world.

# defence-forces - Thursday 22 August, 2019

Portuguese fishing vessel detained off Cork coast for alleged breach of fishing regulations

This is the eighth vessel detained by the Naval Service so far in 2019 and the second detention this week.

# defence-forces - Thursday 1 August, 2019

Properties evacuated in Dublin after improvised explosive device found in driveway of home

Gardaí responded to a call this morning at around 9am at an address at Shanliss Walk, Santry.

# defence-forces - Friday 26 July, 2019

Civil War grenade found in Malahide and made safe

An Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived at the scene shortly after noon today.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 17 July, 2019

Defence Forces personnel made change on side of road before commemoration event

An image of the incident was shared on social media by the Wives and Partners of the Defence Forces.

# defence-forces - Sunday 14 July, 2019

Photos: Events take place to honour Irish troops who've died in wars or UN missions

President Higgins laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland at a ceremony in Collins Barracks.

# defence-forces - Saturday 13 July, 2019

Explainer: The minister, the understaffed Naval Service and the 'young fellas caught up in the middle'

The dispute comes after a decision was made to take two vessels out of operation, leading to various claims and rows in the Dáil.

# defence-forces - Thursday 4 July, 2019

Government says €10m boost to Defence Forces pay will make Irish military careers 'more attractive'

The increase comes following the publication of the report of the Public Services Pay Commission.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 2 July, 2019

Gardaí travel to Australia to gather intelligence on jihadi bride Lisa Smith from former colleagues Exclusive

Gardaí and the Defence Forces have been carrying out their own separate investigations into Smith.

# defence-forces - Friday 28 June, 2019

Irish Naval sailors forced to sleep on ships due to lack of accommodation, TDs told

PDFORRA’s Mark Keane said they “deserve a place to put their head at night”.

# defence-forces - Thursday 20 June, 2019

Poll: Should the Government send Irish troops to Mali for peacekeeping duties? Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Government send Irish troops to Mali for peacekeeping duties?

The proposal has been debated in the Dáil this week.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Defence Forces planning to spend estimated €700k on new Escort of Honour motorbike fleet

A cavalry motorcycle Escort of Honour is normally provided by the Defence Forces on ceremonial occasion.

# defence-forces - Saturday 15 June, 2019

What's behind the violence in Mali and why does the Government want to send elite Defence Forces members there?

This week, Cabinet approved a proposal to send troops abroad for peacekeeping duties.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 12 June, 2019

Call to restore pre-crash allowances to 'stop members of Defence Forces leaving in droves'

There were 256 discharges in the first four months of 2019.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 11 June, 2019

Cabinet approves proposal to deploy Defence Forces personnel to UN mission in Mali

The approval comes after nearly 100 people were killed in recent days in a deadly massacre in the country.

# defence-forces - Monday 10 June, 2019

'Murderous attack': Nearly 100 people killed and 19 missing in latest massacre in Mali

There are currently 20 Irish Defence Forces personnel deployed to the EU Training Mission in Mali.

# defence-forces - Saturday 1 June, 2019

Opinion: Defence Forces personnel are the lowest paid workers in the public service

Oglaigh na h’Eireann is reaching a tipping point, a point of no return, in terms of recruitment, retention and falling numbers, writes Tom Clonan.

# defence-forces - Thursday 16 May, 2019

'It would be closure for everyone': Jadotville survivors still in talks with government over bravery medals

Soldiers who were recommended to receive distinguished service medals after Jadotville in 1961 have yet to receive them.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 30 April, 2019

Ireland's fourth offshore patrol vessel, the LÉ George Bernard Shaw, has been officially commissioned

Its name follows in the tradition of those given to the service’s three other ships.

# defence-forces - Thursday 11 April, 2019

Air Corps members tried to warn superiors about Lisa Smith's radicalisation Exclusive

They were accused of bullying her.

# defence-forces - Sunday 7 April, 2019

After facing a delay, Irish troops will return home from Golan Heights and Syria this evening

The soldiers are now due to touch down at Dublin Airport at 7.15pm tonight, where they will be greeted by their families.

# defence-forces - Thursday 4 April, 2019

Delayed Defence Force members now due home from Golan Heights on Sunday

They had finished a six-month tour of duty and the soldiers to replace them have already arrived.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 3 April, 2019

'Myself and the children are devastated': Soldiers due to return to Ireland tomorrow face 'unacceptable' delay

A spokesperson for the Department of Defence said that authorities on the ground haven’t yet been granted approval for transportation.

# defence-forces - Monday 1 April, 2019

Decision to end migrant rescue operation labelled 'outrageous abdication of responsibilities'

The EU is winding down Operation Sophia amid pressure from Italy and other countries.

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