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#Defence Forces

# 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.

Massacre of 160 people in Mali 'underlines need for international presence', Dept Defence says

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

# defence-forces - Tuesday 19 March, 2019

Former soldier settles case over health problems he claims were caused by anti-malaria drug

He brought proceedings over what he claimed were the effects of taking Larium while he served with the Defence Forces.

# defence-forces - Monday 18 March, 2019

Defence Forces personnel recognised for their role in south Lebanon at special ceremony

There are 458 Irish personnel attached to Unifil.

# defence-forces - Sunday 10 March, 2019

'I don't believe Irish citizens go there on their holidays': Flanagan says State will work to bring Lisa Smith back from Syria

It emerged on Friday that the former Defence Forces member was being held in Syria.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 26 February, 2019

Irish Defence Forces mission in Mali extended by 12 months

Serious consideration is being given to sending a small contingent of the Irish Army Ranger Wing to Mali.

# defence-forces - Saturday 16 February, 2019

# defence-forces - Monday 11 February, 2019

Charity to bring tricolour sleeping bags to Dublin streets to highlight plight of homeless veterans

ONE said the “sleeping flags” will serve as a reminder of the reality for some people who served their country.

# defence-forces - Monday 4 February, 2019

Standing up to extremists and freeing hostages: Varadkar praises Defence Forces as new cadets are sworn in Largest Ever Class This post contains videos

Standing up to extremists and freeing hostages: Varadkar praises Defence Forces as new cadets are sworn in

Seventeen of the new members are women – the largest number ever commissioned from one class.

# defence-forces - Sunday 3 February, 2019

Gardaí attend scene after suspect device reported in Edenmore

They were made aware of the suspected device at about 5pm.

# defence-forces - Sunday 13 January, 2019

This new online game will train military, police and peacekeepers in soft skills

It’s planned that Gaming for Peace will be available to military, police and civilian personnel in EU missions.

# defence-forces - Friday 11 January, 2019

Irish fishing vessel detained by Naval Service off west coast

The ship was detained for an alleged breach of fishing regulations.

# defence-forces - Sunday 6 January, 2019

Varadkar to travel to Mali today to meet with Irish Defence Forces serving abroad

Varadkar will be accompanied by Minister of State with responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe.

# defence-forces - Friday 28 December, 2018

Bomb disposal, prison security, peacekeeping - The work of the Irish Defence Forces in 2018

There are currently 650 members of the Defence Forces serving in 14 countries.

Looking for a job? Ireland's Naval Service has launched a new recruitment campaign

New recruits will train in weapon handling, naval operations and physical fitness.

# defence-forces - Saturday 22 December, 2018

Defence Forces' bomb disposal team makes device safe at Clare recycling plant

Gardaí did not say whether any offences had been committed.

# defence-forces - Thursday 20 December, 2018

Army bomb squad called to remove two explosive devices from property in Louth

The scene was sealed off for around three hours before being declared safe at 9pm.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

Navy detains Irish fishing vessel off Mizen Head

The vessel will be handed over to gardaí upon arrival to Dingle tomorrow.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 28 November, 2018

'Our members deserve better': Concern over failure to fill Defence Forces psychiatrist role after no-one applies for job

“Penny pinching cannot be undertaken at the expense of our members’ health,” a representative group said.

# defence-forces - Sunday 4 November, 2018

'A retention crisis': Concerns raised as numbers serving in Defence Forces drops below 9,000

As of 30 September, permanent Defence Forces numbers dropped to 8,989.

# defence-forces - Friday 2 November, 2018

From The42 'Ramos makes more mistakes than me' - Lovren takes swipe at Real Madrid star Defence Forces

'Ramos makes more mistakes than me' - Lovren takes swipe at Real Madrid star

The Croatian also doubled-down on his assertion that he is one of the best defenders in the world.

# defence-forces - Thursday 1 November, 2018

'Inappropriate for a family occasion': Complaints after Defence Forces video shown at All Ireland semi-final

The video was played during the hurling encounter between Clare and Galway in July.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Army bomb squad called to An Post sorting office after discovery of 'suspicious package'

The device was later declared a hoax and handed over to gardaí for further investigation.