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#Department of Defence

# department-of-defence - Sunday 12 June, 2022

Documents reveal high level discussions in Defence around heavy lift transport aircraft
# Military Transport
# Military Transport

Documents reveal high level discussions in Defence around heavy lift transport aircraft

Jun 12th 2022, 12:05 AM 28,655 Views 26 Comments

Ireland’s lack of large military transport aircraft was highlighted in the wake of last year’s Kabul mission.

# department-of-defence - Thursday 9 June, 2022

Former Defence chief: First salvos of Ukraine war fired here as Russia exposed Ireland
# Mark Mellett
# Mark Mellett

Former Defence chief: First salvos of Ukraine war fired here as Russia exposed Ireland

Jun 9th 2022, 6:30 AM 61,729 Views 47 Comments

Mark Mellett, the former Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, launched a stinging attack on Irish defence capacity.

# department-of-defence - Friday 13 May, 2022

Defence Forces spend over €110,000 outside procurement process in response to Ukrainian refugee crisis
# Refugee Crisis
# Refugee Crisis

Defence Forces spend over €110,000 outside procurement process in response to Ukrainian refugee crisis

May 13th 2022, 6:00 AM 13,024 Views 7 Comments

Defence Minister Simon Coveney detailed 16 contracts made outside of standard procurement rules.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 8 February, 2022

Coveney's focus on Defence portfolio brought into question by some after Russia controversy
# COMMISSION REPORT
# COMMISSION REPORT

Coveney's focus on Defence portfolio brought into question by some after Russia controversy

Feb 8th 2022, 12:05 AM 23,113 Views 18 Comments

Questions have been asked as to whether Coveney is stretched too thin being in charge of the DFA and Defence.

# department-of-defence - Monday 7 February, 2022

Defence Commission to recommend major changes including larger navy and more cyber specialists
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Defence Commission to recommend major changes including larger navy and more cyber specialists

Feb 7th 2022, 7:45 PM 71,145 Views 68 Comments

The Commission on the Defence Forces report is expected to be published on Wednesday.

# department-of-defence - Monday 22 November, 2021

Documents show Ireland was offered aircraft eight months before Afghan rescue mission - despite Coveney denial
# Not That I'm Aware Of
# Not That I'm Aware Of

Documents show Ireland was offered aircraft eight months before Afghan rescue mission - despite Coveney denial

Nov 22nd 2021, 12:05 AM 58,081 Views 0 Comments

Seraph Aviation Group offered two aircraft – which would have been suitable to rescue Irish citizens in Afghanistan.

# department-of-defence - Thursday 15 July, 2021

Report into UN battle recommends medal for Jadotville commander but not for 33 other Irish troops
# Jadotville
# Jadotville

Report into UN battle recommends medal for Jadotville commander but not for 33 other Irish troops

Jul 15th 2021, 7:33 PM 27,221 Views 41 Comments

In 1961 a detachment of 158 Irish troops fought a force of 5,000 Katanganese troops while on UN duty in Congo.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 29 June, 2021

Representative group for Defence Forces officers set to criticise Government over 'ticking retention timebomb'
# Military Retention Crisis
# Military Retention Crisis

Representative group for Defence Forces officers set to criticise Government over 'ticking retention timebomb'

Jun 29th 2021, 11:00 AM 15,975 Views 18 Comments

RACO will tell the Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs that cuts to the military budget is to blame for the retention crisis.

# department-of-defence - Thursday 20 May, 2021

Ireland's response to the HSE cyber attack has been undermined by Government cuts to Defence Forces, say senior officers
# Troubled Cyber Defence
# Troubled Cyber Defence

Ireland's response to the HSE cyber attack has been undermined by Government cuts to Defence Forces, say senior officers

May 20th 2021, 12:15 AM 50,801 Views 36 Comments
  • Senior military officers have said the response to the HSE Cyber Attack is greatly undermined by Government cuts to the Defence Forces.

# department-of-defence - Saturday 9 May, 2020

Government spends €5.2m on new aircraft to help Covid-19 response
# Air Corps
# Air Corps

Government spends €5.2m on new aircraft to help Covid-19 response

May 9th 2020, 10:00 PM 68,155 Views 139 Comments

The aircraft completed its first mission last weekend, when it delivered a number of Irish tests to a laboratory in Germany.

# department-of-defence - Saturday 14 December, 2019

Government warned about increased threat of foreign espionage in Ireland
# Spies
# Spies

Government warned about increased threat of foreign espionage in Ireland

Dec 14th 2019, 10:34 AM 23,782 Views 34 Comments

An update to the White Paper on Defence 2015 was published this week.

# department-of-defence - 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 26,015 Views 43 Comments

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

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 4 June, 2019

Government ordered to release records about use of its jet service by Michael D Higgins and Mary McAleese
# Right To Know
# Right To Know

Government ordered to release records about use of its jet service by Michael D Higgins and Mary McAleese

Jun 4th 2019, 12:05 AM 21,176 Views 39 Comments

The ruling was made by the Commissioner for Environmental Information last week.

# department-of-defence - Monday 1 April, 2019

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

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

Apr 1st 2019, 9:24 AM 14,744 Views 56 Comments

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

# department-of-defence - Sunday 4 November, 2018

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

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

Nov 4th 2018, 1:11 PM 22,973 Views 70 Comments

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

# department-of-defence - Wednesday 3 October, 2018

Return of 119 troops from Syria delayed for two weeks over error in clearance to travel through Lebanon
# UN Peacekeeping
# UN Peacekeeping

Return of 119 troops from Syria delayed for two weeks over error in clearance to travel through Lebanon

Oct 3rd 2018, 4:09 PM 13,447 Views 33 Comments

The issue emerged on Monday morning as the troops were preparing to return from UN peacekeeping.

# department-of-defence - Thursday 16 August, 2018

'Morale is on the floor': Defence Forces to be paid just €47.59 per day for extra work during Pope visit
# Pope Visit
# Pope Visit

'Morale is on the floor': Defence Forces to be paid just €47.59 per day for extra work during Pope visit

Aug 16th 2018, 4:48 PM 34,666 Views 103 Comments

Soldiers have to provide assistance when requested to do so, but groups say they are not being compensated adequately.

# department-of-defence - Thursday 4 January, 2018

Were you affected by Storm Eleanor? Emergency funds are being made available
# Storm Eleanor
# Storm Eleanor

Were you affected by Storm Eleanor? Emergency funds are being made available

Jan 4th 2018, 4:30 PM 7,869 Views 18 Comments

The scheme will provide support up to €20,000 for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 24 October, 2017

IRA spies and 10-year-old dispatch carriers: Inside newly-released military docs
# Military Archives
# Military Archives

IRA spies and 10-year-old dispatch carriers: Inside newly-released military docs

Oct 24th 2017, 6:01 AM 17,950 Views 15 Comments

A new collection of documents relating to the revolutionary period have been released.

# department-of-defence - Wednesday 27 September, 2017

'We need to be vindicated. Friends are dead or dying': Air Corps report due this week
# Waiting For Justice
# Waiting For Justice

'We need to be vindicated. Friends are dead or dying': Air Corps report due this week

Sep 27th 2017, 12:05 AM 25,105 Views 38 Comments

The men claim they were exposed to dangerous levels of toxins when they worked at Baldonnel Airfield.

# department-of-defence - Saturday 10 June, 2017

'We have no future' - wives of defence forces march today over their spouses' working conditions
# No Defence
# No Defence

'We have no future' - wives of defence forces march today over their spouses' working conditions

Jun 10th 2017, 9:15 AM 20,695 Views 89 Comments

Wives and Partners of the Defence Forces (WPDF) is set to march on the Department of Defence in Newbridge, Co Kildare, this afternoon.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 16 May, 2017

No reserve price was set before LÉ Aisling was sold for €110,000
# Irish Navy
# Irish Navy

No reserve price was set before LÉ Aisling was sold for €110,000

May 16th 2017, 2:45 PM 16,850 Views 47 Comments

The ship has since gone up for sale for €683,000 by a private seller.

# department-of-defence - Monday 15 May, 2017

'It's embarrassing': LÉ Aisling sold by State for €110k - it's now on the market for nearly €700k
# LE Aisling
# LE Aisling

'It's embarrassing': LÉ Aisling sold by State for €110k - it's now on the market for nearly €700k

May 15th 2017, 2:16 PM 77,980 Views 189 Comments

It’s being sold by the Dutch ship broker who bought it earlier this year.

# department-of-defence - Thursday 5 May, 2016

Controversial incinerator will need a no-fly-zone, says Defence Forces
# Ringaskiddy
# Ringaskiddy

Controversial incinerator will need a no-fly-zone, says Defence Forces

May 5th 2016, 6:21 PM 15,533 Views 25 Comments

An Bord Pleanala is due to make a decision on the incinerator in July.

# department-of-defence - Wednesday 8 July, 2015

LÉ Eithne crew 'not being paid properly' for Mediterranean mission
# Cough Up
# Cough Up

LÉ Eithne crew 'not being paid properly' for Mediterranean mission

Jul 8th 2015, 8:45 PM 18,402 Views 49 Comments

Crew members are entitled to a higher daily allowance, according to an association representing personnel.

# department-of-defence - Saturday 9 August, 2014

Sinn Féin wants Ireland to stop buying Israeli-made military equipment
# Defence
# Defence

Sinn Féin wants Ireland to stop buying Israeli-made military equipment

Aug 9th 2014, 2:23 PM 15,212 Views 194 Comments

More than €2.9 million has been spent on such equipment since 2011.

# department-of-defence - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Irish and US authorities 'in touch' about man who claimed he killed Irish soldiers
# Arrest
# Arrest

Irish and US authorities 'in touch' about man who claimed he killed Irish soldiers

Jul 16th 2014, 6:12 PM 13,526 Views 10 Comments

Minister Coveney said Lebanon is the only jurisdiction that can pursue a prosecution.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

Chief whip gets more powers, but the Taoiseach is still 'in every way' the Defence Minister
# Still In Charge
# Still In Charge

Chief whip gets more powers, but the Taoiseach is still 'in every way' the Defence Minister

Jun 24th 2014, 5:38 PM 7,188 Views 17 Comments

Many powers over the day-to-day running of the Defence Minister have been delegated to the government chief whip Paul Kehoe following Cabinet approval today.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

Protest planned as ex-soldiers and families face eviction from Curragh Camp
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Protest planned as ex-soldiers and families face eviction from Curragh Camp

Jun 17th 2014, 5:01 PM 19,671 Views 101 Comments

The government has previously said it would be too costly to carry out repairs to the ageing properties.

# department-of-defence - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

Terror group make death threat against Irish soldier
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Terror group make death threat against Irish soldier

Jan 29th 2014, 11:20 PM 36,245 Views 121 Comments

The Defence Forces said gardaí and Military Police investigations are ongoing.

# department-of-defence - Friday 8 February, 2013

No, says Alan Shatter: I'm not going to attempt a coup
# Posse Comitatus
# Posse Comitatus

No, says Alan Shatter: I'm not going to attempt a coup

Feb 8th 2013, 2:39 PM 11,783 Views 56 Comments

The dual minister assures that despite commanding both Gardaí and Army, he has “no interest of posing a threat to the State”.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

Pardon for Irish deserters who fought in WWII likely in new year
# World War II
# World War II

Pardon for Irish deserters who fought in WWII likely in new year

Dec 18th 2012, 5:13 PM 10,716 Views 155 Comments

Thousands of Defence Forces personnel who were persecuted by the Irish government for fighting with the Allies in World War II will receive a formal pardon in the new year.

# department-of-defence - Wednesday 3 October, 2012

Government criticised over Defence Force allowances and Ombudsman downgrade
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Government criticised over Defence Force allowances and Ombudsman downgrade

Oct 3rd 2012, 3:40 PM 7,728 Views 80 Comments

PDFORRA has said members are not entitled to overtime and so allowances are part of core pay.

# department-of-defence - Monday 3 September, 2012

No decision made on future of Reserve Defence Forces
# In Reserve
# In Reserve

No decision made on future of Reserve Defence Forces

Sep 3rd 2012, 5:47 PM 13,226 Views 82 Comments

The government and Defence Forces have denied speculation that training for Army and Naval reservists has been “shut down”.

# department-of-defence - Thursday 19 April, 2012

Government to sell 32-year-old plane... which might not fly any more
# Nyeewwwww!
# Nyeewwwww!

Government to sell 32-year-old plane... which might not fly any more

Apr 19th 2012, 6:50 PM 11,345 Views 46 Comments

The government is seeking tenders to sell off a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 – with “no warranty” on its condition.

# department-of-defence - Sunday 1 April, 2012

'No plans' to dispose of government jet - which last government said it would scrap
# Taking Off
# Taking Off

'No plans' to dispose of government jet - which last government said it would scrap

Apr 1st 2012, 4:32 PM 8,449 Views 73 Comments

Alan Shatter says there are no plans to get rid of the Gulfstream jet – which Tony Killeen said was to be phased out.

# department-of-defence - Friday 17 February, 2012

Renting new bases to replace barracks will save €1million – Shatter
# Barracks
# Barracks

Renting new bases to replace barracks will save €1million – Shatter

Feb 17th 2012, 7:15 AM 1,836 Views 27 Comments

The Minister said leasing separate training facilities in towns whose barracks shut down would cut costs significantly.

# department-of-defence - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Dept of Defence looking for new bases in four towns where barracks closed
# Barracks
# Barracks

Dept of Defence looking for new bases in four towns where barracks closed

Feb 9th 2012, 7:00 AM 3,791 Views 20 Comments

The department is seeking to rent military training premises in Cavan, Mullingar, Castlebar and Clonmel – where it already owns barracks buildings.

# department-of-defence - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

Shatter indicates pardon on the way for Irish deserters who fought in WWII
# World War II
# World War II

Shatter indicates pardon on the way for Irish deserters who fought in WWII

Jan 25th 2012, 9:28 AM 1,548 Views 21 Comments

Thousands of Irish soldiers fled the Defence Forces to fight for the Allies in World War II. They were persecuted upon their return to Ireland.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 3 January, 2012

Shatter considers pardon for Irish soldiers persecuted for fighting Hitler
# World War II
# World War II

Shatter considers pardon for Irish soldiers persecuted for fighting Hitler

Jan 3rd 2012, 3:38 PM 6,508 Views 83 Comments

The matter has been referred to the Attorney General ahead of a BBC documentary which will outline the plight of many Irish soldiers who fought against fascism in World War II.

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