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#Defence Forces

# defence-forces - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Three Irish soldiers injured in Mali after device explodes near convoy
# MINUSMA
# MINUSMA

Three Irish soldiers injured in Mali after device explodes near convoy

Feb 25th 2020, 6:18 PM 25,732 Views 28 Comments

The soldiers were injured around 900km north-east of the capital Bamako.

# defence-forces - Friday 24 January, 2020

Pair make history as first ever mother-daughter duo to serve with the Defence Forces
# In The Family
# In The Family

Pair make history as first ever mother-daughter duo to serve with the Defence Forces

Jan 24th 2020, 7:00 PM 57,398 Views 62 Comments

Private Sarah Fitzsimons celebrated her passing out parade today with her mother Sergeant Sandra Murphy.

Divers recover body in search for missing Wexford fisherman
# Willie Whelan
# Willie Whelan

Divers recover body in search for missing Wexford fisherman

Jan 24th 2020, 3:00 PM 16,590 Views 4 Comments

The recovery operation began at 10am today.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 21 January, 2020

Ireland's LÉ Róisín to undergo €250,000 facelift as equipment becomes 'obsolete'
# Naval Vessel
# Naval Vessel

Ireland's LÉ Róisín to undergo €250,000 facelift as equipment becomes 'obsolete'

Jan 21st 2020, 6:15 AM 20,007 Views 45 Comments

The naval vessel was built in Appledore Shipyards in the UK and entered service in 1999.

# defence-forces - Monday 30 December, 2019

More than 2,500 Defence Forces personnel deployed for Trump and Pence visits
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

More than 2,500 Defence Forces personnel deployed for Trump and Pence visits

Dec 30th 2019, 9:28 PM 20,665 Views 67 Comments

The end-of-year summary of defence and security operations in 2019 has been published.

# defence-forces - Thursday 19 December, 2019

'Don't have too much fun without us': Christmas messages from Irish soldiers working abroad
# Merry Christmas
# Merry Christmas

'Don't have too much fun without us': Christmas messages from Irish soldiers working abroad

Dec 19th 2019, 9:40 PM 19,839 Views 38 Comments

Members of the Defence Forces have submitted their Christmas messages to loved ones.

Defence Forces finally fill psychiatrist role after nearly two-year long vacancy
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Defence Forces finally fill psychiatrist role after nearly two-year long vacancy

Dec 19th 2019, 6:00 AM 9,769 Views 4 Comments

Minister Paul Kehoe changed standard policy so a civilian psychiatrist could apply for the job.

# defence-forces - Friday 29 November, 2019

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

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

Nov 29th 2019, 7:55 PM 23,520 Views 14 Comments

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
# Lisa Smith
# Lisa Smith

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

Nov 29th 2019, 4:02 PM 22,041 Views 94 Comments

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
# Repatriated
# Repatriated

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

Nov 28th 2019, 5:35 PM 27,814 Views 111 Comments

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
# Repatriated
# Repatriated

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

Nov 26th 2019, 8:28 PM 50,839 Views 144 Comments

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
# Lé William Butler Yeats
# Lé William Butler Yeats

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

Nov 16th 2019, 6:45 PM 17,238 Views 16 Comments

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
# Lisa Smith

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

Updated Nov 11th 2019, 6:26 PM 38,157 Views 142 Comments

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'
# Turkey
# Turkey

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

Nov 4th 2019, 12:40 PM 20,045 Views 143 Comments

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
# Operation
# Operation

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

Nov 3rd 2019, 1:01 PM 62,737 Views 207 Comments

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
# Edenderry
# Edenderry

Five suspected pipe bombs made safe after buildings evacuated in Offaly

Oct 10th 2019, 10:55 AM 21,518 Views 18 Comments

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'
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

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

Sep 25th 2019, 7:31 AM 21,530 Views 34 Comments

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'
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

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

Sep 24th 2019, 7:00 PM 39,705 Views 56 Comments

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'
# Retention Crisis
# Retention Crisis

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

Sep 24th 2019, 2:50 PM 8,761 Views 28 Comments

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
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Defence Forces officers vote to accept €10m allowance proposals

Updated Sep 23rd 2019, 5:10 PM 19,553 Views 62 Comments

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
# Pay And Conditions
# Pay And Conditions

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

Sep 12th 2019, 12:11 PM 29,129 Views 33 Comments

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
# Pay

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

Sep 11th 2019, 9:27 PM 17,908 Views 32 Comments

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
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

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

Aug 28th 2019, 9:21 PM 14,233 Views 18 Comments

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
# MINUSMA
# MINUSMA

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

Aug 26th 2019, 7:22 AM 24,785 Views 40 Comments

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
# LE SAMUEL BECKETT
# LE SAMUEL BECKETT

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

Aug 22nd 2019, 7:09 PM 13,584 Views 30 Comments

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
# Santry
# Santry

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

Aug 1st 2019, 10:09 PM 26,280 Views 14 Comments

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
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Civil War grenade found in Malahide and made safe

Jul 26th 2019, 7:23 PM 21,006 Views 30 Comments

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
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

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

Jul 17th 2019, 10:26 AM 29,023 Views 74 Comments

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
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

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

Jul 14th 2019, 6:01 PM 8,394 Views 15 Comments

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'
# On The Defensive
# On The Defensive

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

Jul 13th 2019, 9:00 PM 21,623 Views 28 Comments

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'
# Salary
# Salary

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

Updated Jul 4th 2019, 4:44 PM 35,877 Views 160 Comments

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
# Lisa Smith
# Lisa Smith

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

Jul 2nd 2019, 12:05 AM 42,307 Views 57 Comments

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
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

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

Jun 28th 2019, 10:50 AM 23,350 Views 74 Comments

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
# Poll

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

Jun 20th 2019, 11:08 AM 20,806 Views 44 Comments

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
# Escort Of Honour
# Escort Of Honour

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

Jun 18th 2019, 6:00 AM 21,936 Views 72 Comments

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?
# Explainer
# Explainer

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

Jun 15th 2019, 9:00 AM 25,824 Views 43 Comments

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'
# Retention Crisis
# Retention Crisis

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

Jun 12th 2019, 6:06 PM 20,519 Views 34 Comments

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
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

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

Jun 11th 2019, 7:44 PM 10,680 Views 26 Comments

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
# Massacre
# Massacre

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

Jun 10th 2019, 8:32 PM 31,624 Views 20 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jun 1st 2019, 7:30 AM 35,041 Views 95 Comments

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.