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#Defence Forces

# 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

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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.

# defence-forces - Saturday 11 June, 2016

Homes evacuated after army bomb disposal team called to device in Waterford

The artillery shell has been removed to a safe military location for further examination.

# defence-forces - Thursday 5 May, 2016

Opinion: Women have shown time and time again that they are a more deadly species than the male

Security expert Tom Clonan explains why armies across the world need female soldiers and officers, in all positions.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 13 April, 2016

Irish Defence Forces to recruit 1,450 new staff

The 2016 campaign will specifically target increased female recruitment.

# defence-forces - Sunday 27 March, 2016

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Watch: The proclamation of the Irish Republic has been read once more at the GPO

The proclamation, first read by Padraig Pearse on Easter Monday 1916, was re-read by Defence Forces Captain Peter Kelleher

# defence-forces - Monday 21 March, 2016

Irish Defence Forces members safe after armed men storm hotel

Four gunmen attacked a training base in Mali, one was shot dead.

# defence-forces - Saturday 12 March, 2016

Explosive device found during search in Finglas

Gardaí are investigating the incident.

# defence-forces - Friday 26 February, 2016

Viable bombs and IED components found at three locations last night

An explosive device was found on the M7 motorway in Laois.

# defence-forces - Sunday 14 February, 2016

Defence Forces take a break from their missions to send Valentine's Day messages home

‘Hugs and kisses from the Lebanon’.

# defence-forces - Friday 12 February, 2016

A disused army site in Co Kildare has just sold for a cool €8.2 million

Magee Barracks in Kildare Town will now be redeveloped by the buyer, an unnamed Irish client.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 9 February, 2016

Cavan courthouse cleared as bomb squad inspects suspect device

Virginia Main Street was closed for several hours after the morning alert.

# defence-forces - Monday 1 February, 2016

Houses evacuated after viable explosive is found in Galway

The incident happened late last night.

# defence-forces - Sunday 31 January, 2016

'I wanted to keep the peace, and joining the Irish army was the best way to do that...'

The number of women officers in the Defence Forces is finally on the rise and Catherine Smyth is one of them. But Catherine is Scottish, not Irish.

# defence-forces - Monday 4 January, 2016

Dublin firefighters deliver baby boy in Swords home

Both mother and baby are reported to be doing well.

# defence-forces - Friday 1 January, 2016

Army deployed around the country to help tackle flooding

The Defence Forces will be help by providing sandbags and transportation.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 30 December, 2015

Bomb squad deployed to Tallaght to make 'legacy device' safe

The device was spotted by a member of the public in a river in the Dodder Valley.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 29 December, 2015

Here's how many times the bomb squad was called out this year

The Defence Forces has released statistics for this year on its army operations.