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# Department of Defence

This year
2023
Report claims DOD operated 'secret laws' to halt military law officer rep body status
The comments by adjudicator Daniel Murphy are contained in a judgment which examines the employment rights of the Director of Military Prosecutions.
Documents reveal divisions between Dept and military on how to handle abuse claims
A report by
Niall O'Connor
Our investigation uncovers a divergence in views between senior civil servants and military officers on how best to prevent abuse.
Air policing deal between Ireland and UK signed off without ministerial signature
Controversy broke out last week as opposition TDs asked for clarity on the supposed deal with the RAF.
Women of Honour concerned about role of Department of Defence in new abuse Oversight Board
The whistleblower group has asked Tánaiste Micheál Martin to consider listening to them on the setup of a truly impartial Board.
Women of Honour 'shocked' by appointment of Department of Defence Sec Gen to new oversight body
New laws will be required to establish the oversight body on a statutory basis.
Probe launched as Civil Defence vehicle left out of use for days after being parked at Shannon
The State-owned vehicle was found parked up in an airport car park.
Up to 30 Irish troops will travel to Europe to train Ukrainian troops in 'non-lethal' skills
The cabinet confirmed the move this morning and will see the troops deployed in the coming months to the newly established EUMAM Ukraine.
Two naval ships to be tied up as staffing crisis deepens in Irish Navy
News of the mothballing of the ships comes just a day before Minister for Defence Micheál Martin visits troops in Lebanon.
'I was dying, now I'm living': Veterans who faced homelessness reflect on year living together
ONE is calling on the Government to commission research on issues facing veterans as increasing levels of homelessness are being reported at grass roots.
Last year
2022
Irish Army captain: dangers of live fire exercise an increased risk due to staffing shortfalls
Capt Karl Muckian said that such is the shortfall that the issue should be added to the strategic risk register.
Defence department hiring civilian for €151k role to spearhead new change plan
The role will support the Chief of Staff directly and ‘drive, support, advise and enable the future transformation’ of the Defence Forces.
Irish senator is suing the Government about claim of 'RAF overflight interception' deal
The senator is seeking for the court to direct the State to admit that there is a secret deal and that this agreement permits RAF jet fighters to patrol over Irish airspace.
Defence Forces units train with NATO and EU partners but retention concerns continue
The Department of Defence and Defence Forces annual report was launched this week.
Defence Department report: Ill-defined policy and 'extremely strained' civil-military interactions
The Capability Review of the Department of Defence was ordered in 2021 as part of the Civil Service Renewal Plan.
The Government has been advised to hire private jets to replace its ailing Learjet
Aviation consultancy Altea has recommended the leasing of private aircraft.
The Naval Service is retiring three ships next week - and one might become a floating museum
The vessels, the LÉ Eithne, LÉ Orla and LÉ Ciara have all reached the end of their service life.
Row between two government departments over cost of ramping up Ireland's Defence spending
Simon Coveney was due to deliver an action plan on defence to Cabinet in June.
Irish soldiers could train Ukrainian troops to make Russian minefields safe, minister says
Simon Coveney said that Ukraine had asked for demining training from Ireland.
Documents reveal high level discussions in Defence around heavy lift transport aircraft
Ireland’s lack of large military transport aircraft was highlighted in the wake of last year’s Kabul mission.
Former Defence chief: First salvos of Ukraine war fired here as Russia exposed Ireland
Mark Mellett, the former Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, launched a stinging attack on Irish defence capacity.
Defence Forces spend over €110,000 outside procurement process in response to Ukrainian refugee crisis
Defence Minister Simon Coveney detailed 16 contracts made outside of standard procurement rules.
Coveney's focus on Defence portfolio brought into question by some after Russia controversy
Questions have been asked as to whether Coveney is stretched too thin being in charge of the DFA and Defence.
Defence Commission to recommend major changes including larger navy and more cyber specialists
The Commission on the Defence Forces report is expected to be published on Wednesday.
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Documents show Ireland was offered aircraft eight months before Afghan rescue mission - despite Coveney denial
Seraph Aviation Group offered two aircraft – which would have been suitable to rescue Irish citizens in Afghanistan.
Report into UN battle recommends medal for Jadotville commander but not for 33 other Irish troops
In 1961 a detachment of 158 Irish troops fought a force of 5,000 Katanganese troops while on UN duty in Congo.
Representative group for Defence Forces officers set to criticise Government over 'ticking retention timebomb'
RACO will tell the Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs that cuts to the military budget is to blame for the retention crisis.
Ireland's response to the HSE cyber attack has been undermined by Government cuts to Defence Forces, say senior officers
The Defence Forces unit tasked with solving the problem is struggling due to recent cuts.
Senior military officers have said the response to the HSE Cyber Attack is greatly undermined by Government cuts to the Defence Forces.
Government spends €5.2m on new aircraft to help Covid-19 response
The aircraft completed its first mission last weekend, when it delivered a number of Irish tests to a laboratory in Germany.
Government warned about increased threat of foreign espionage in Ireland
An update to the White Paper on Defence 2015 was published this week.
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.
Government ordered to release records about use of its jet service by Michael D Higgins and Mary McAleese
The ruling was made by the Commissioner for Environmental Information last week.
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.
'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.
Return of 119 troops from Syria delayed for two weeks over error in clearance to travel through Lebanon
The issue emerged on Monday morning as the troops were preparing to return from UN peacekeeping.
'Morale is on the floor': Defence Forces to be paid just €47.59 per day for extra work during Pope visit
Soldiers have to provide assistance when requested to do so, but groups say they are not being compensated adequately.
Were you affected by Storm Eleanor? Emergency funds are being made available
The scheme will provide support up to €20,000 for those who meet the eligibility criteria.
IRA spies and 10-year-old dispatch carriers: Inside newly-released military docs
A new collection of documents relating to the revolutionary period have been released.
'We need to be vindicated. Friends are dead or dying': Air Corps report due this week
The men claim they were exposed to dangerous levels of toxins when they worked at Baldonnel Airfield.
'We have no future' - wives of defence forces march today over their spouses' working conditions
Wives and Partners of the Defence Forces (WPDF) is set to march on the Department of Defence in Newbridge, Co Kildare, this afternoon.
No reserve price was set before LÉ Aisling was sold for €110,000
The ship has since gone up for sale for €683,000 by a private seller.