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#Department of Defence

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

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.

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

Government warned about increased threat of foreign espionage in Ireland

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 13 December, 2011

Barracks closures will not have major impact on local economies - minister

Junior defence minister Paul Kehoe says closing four rural barracks will help make the Defence Forces “more professional”.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 15 November, 2011

Government confirms closure of four military barracks

Military barracks at Mullingar, Cavan, Clonmel and Castlebar are to close, with 515 military and 25 civilian staff to be relocated.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 4 October, 2011

Fianna Fáil to table Dáil motion against closure of army barracks

Dept of Defence says no government decisions have been made on the closures, which are reported to include barracks in Cavan, Mullingar, Clonmel, Kilkenny and Castlebar.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 8 March, 2011

Ó Cuív’s final act as defence minister: saving the Irish-speaking battalion in his own constituency

Éamon Ó Cuív says he has ordered his department to safeguard the Irish-speaking battalion based in his constituency.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 19 October, 2010

Pentagon to media: Please don't publish WikiLeaks files

The US Department of Defence urges news media not to publish the files about to be unveiled on the whistleblower website.

# department-of-defence - Tuesday 14 September, 2010

This book is dangerous - so Pentagon tries to buy every copy

‘Operation Dark Heart’ exposes army operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. America, therefore, wants to buy every copy.

# department-of-defence - Saturday 4 September, 2010

Pentagon officials ignored ‘hundreds of purchases of child pornography’

A 2006 investigation uncovered regular purchases of illegal images – but only a handful were ever investigated.