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#Irish Defence Forces

# irish-defence-forces - Sunday 1 August, 2021

Outgoing head of Defence Forces says Government cuts to military have caused 'frustration'
# Vice Admiral Mark Mellett
# Vice Admiral Mark Mellett

Outgoing head of Defence Forces says Government cuts to military have caused 'frustration'

Sun 12:05 AM 35,006 Views 31 Comments
  • Vice Admiral Mark Mellett is set to retire in the coming months from his role as Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.
  • In a wide-ranging interview Mellett spoke at length about funding difficulties.
  • He also believes that the future of defence lies in a combination of cyber and traditional roles.

# irish-defence-forces - Friday 30 July, 2021

Head of Defence Forces says climate change is single biggest threat to Ireland
# Climate Security Threat
# Climate Security Threat

Head of Defence Forces says climate change is single biggest threat to Ireland

Fri 12:05 AM 52,789 Views 114 Comments
  • Mellett, who holds a PhD in environmental governance, believes Ireland must act to prevent the impact of climate change.
  • The Chief of Staff said Ireland needs to lose its 'false sense of security'.
  • Mellett also believes that the State will have to play a role in battling climate breakdown.

# irish-defence-forces - 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 26,764 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.

# irish-defence-forces - Friday 4 June, 2021

Irish troops took shelter as Israel traded rockets and artillery fire with Palestinian groups
# Peacekeepers
# Peacekeepers

Irish troops took shelter as Israel traded rockets and artillery fire with Palestinian groups

Jun 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 22,258 Views 17 Comments
  • Niall O'Connor speaks with returning UN Peacekeepers from the tension filled environment of South Lebanon.
  • The exchange of fire between Palestinians and Israel saw them take to bunkers to protect them from stray rounds.
  • The Irish troops, drawn from across the island, carried out humanitarian work and maintained the peace in the country.

# irish-defence-forces - 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 50,445 Views 35 Comments
  • Senior military officers have said the response to the HSE Cyber Attack is greatly undermined by Government cuts to the Defence Forces.

# irish-defence-forces - Tuesday 18 May, 2021

Explainer: How is Ireland's response to the threat of global cyber crime coordinated?
# Cyber Response
# Cyber Response

Explainer: How is Ireland's response to the threat of global cyber crime coordinated?

May 18th 2021, 5:30 PM 8,508 Views 5 Comments

The fight back against the HSE cyber attack is a multi agency operation.

# irish-defence-forces - Sunday 28 February, 2021

Defence Forces facing 'serious problems' with recruitment and retention
# Defending Pay
# Defending Pay

Defence Forces facing 'serious problems' with recruitment and retention

Feb 28th 2021, 1:29 PM 51,200 Views 92 Comments

A Commission on the Defence Forces is due to deliver a report this year on challenges within the armed forces.

# irish-defence-forces - Thursday 28 November, 2019

Veteran and homeless former soldiers to get €300k from Dormant Accounts Fund
# Irish Defence Forces
# Irish Defence Forces

Veteran and homeless former soldiers to get €300k from Dormant Accounts Fund

Nov 28th 2019, 5:22 PM 13,256 Views 13 Comments

A new hostel to house four to eight veterans in Cobh is to be developed.

Tom Clonan: 'My whistleblower journey in the Defence Forces has ended. I am back in from the cold'
# Column
# Column

Tom Clonan: 'My whistleblower journey in the Defence Forces has ended. I am back in from the cold'

Nov 28th 2019, 12:05 PM 44,195 Views 70 Comments

Dr Tom Clonan met with the Defence Forces Chief of Staff today about a reconciliation process. ‘Unusually for Ireland, this whistleblowing story has a happy ending,’ he writes.

# irish-defence-forces - Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Lisa Smith will be subject to security assessment on arrival in Ireland
# Risk Assessment
# Risk Assessment

Lisa Smith will be subject to security assessment on arrival in Ireland

Nov 12th 2019, 3:30 PM 19,952 Views 113 Comments

Yesterday Turkey said it was in the process of deporting 20 ‘foreign jihadists’.

# irish-defence-forces - Monday 4 November, 2019

Tánaiste hopeful for breakthrough in Lisa Smith case 'within a few weeks'
# Turkey
# Turkey

Tánaiste hopeful for breakthrough in Lisa Smith case 'within a few weeks'

Nov 4th 2019, 12:40 PM 20,043 Views 143 Comments

Simon Coveney has said his primary concern is for Smith’s two-year-old daughter.

# irish-defence-forces - Thursday 24 October, 2019

Irish Defence Forces left 'devastated' after bowing out of World Military Games at the quarter-finals
# Last Eight
From The42
# Last Eight

Irish Defence Forces left 'devastated' after bowing out of World Military Games at the quarter-finals

Oct 24th 2019, 10:50 AM 7,983 Views 2 Comments

There was better news for boxer Danny O’Brien, who is guaranteed at least a bronze medal.

# irish-defence-forces - Monday 21 October, 2019

'Best performance I've seen in my 10 years here' - Irish Defence Forces through to World Cup quarter-final
# Knockout Stages
From The42
# Knockout Stages

'Best performance I've seen in my 10 years here' - Irish Defence Forces through to World Cup quarter-final

Oct 21st 2019, 4:31 PM 8,637 Views 1 Comment

A last-eight tie with Algeria awaits the Boys in Green on Wednesday.

# irish-defence-forces - Monday 14 October, 2019

'I gave out the jerseys the other day and there were lads with tears in their eyes'
# Flying The Flag
From The42
# Flying The Flag

'I gave out the jerseys the other day and there were lads with tears in their eyes'

Oct 14th 2019, 10:28 AM 20,545 Views 0 Comments

The Irish Defence Forces are off to the Chinese city of Wuhan to compete at the World Military Games this week.

# irish-defence-forces - Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Fishing vessel detained off Dublin coast for alleged breach of fishing regulations
# Howth
# Howth

Fishing vessel detained off Dublin coast for alleged breach of fishing regulations

Aug 20th 2019, 7:58 PM 32,564 Views 38 Comments

This is the seventh vessel detained by the Naval Service so far in 2019.

# irish-defence-forces - Sunday 9 June, 2019

Cabinet to hear proposal to send Army Ranger Wing to Mali
# Peacekeeping
# Peacekeeping

Cabinet to hear proposal to send Army Ranger Wing to Mali

Jun 9th 2019, 11:28 AM 20,031 Views 45 Comments

If approved this would be the first deployment of the ARW overseas in their special forces role since their deployment to Chad in 2008.

# irish-defence-forces - Saturday 8 June, 2019

Suspect device in Dublin housing estate deemed non-viable by bomb disposal team
# Ballymun
# Ballymun

Suspect device in Dublin housing estate deemed non-viable by bomb disposal team

Jun 8th 2019, 8:44 AM 10,907 Views 1 Comment

The device has been seized for further examination.

# irish-defence-forces - Thursday 30 May, 2019

'Soldiers are living on the breadline': More than 3,000 quit Defence Forces in four years
# Security
# Security

'Soldiers are living on the breadline': More than 3,000 quit Defence Forces in four years

May 30th 2019, 12:07 PM 22,924 Views 55 Comments

Raco is calling for the introduction of an independent pay review body to help address the staff retention crisis.

# irish-defence-forces - Wednesday 8 May, 2019

Irish Defence Forces suffer friendly loss as Military Games preparation continues
# Beaten
From The42
# Beaten

Irish Defence Forces suffer friendly loss as Military Games preparation continues

May 8th 2019, 7:38 PM 8,269 Views 5 Comments

The Boys in Green were beaten 2-1 by the UK Armed Forces.

# irish-defence-forces - Tuesday 26 February, 2019

Irish Defence Forces mission in Mali extended by 12 months
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Irish Defence Forces mission in Mali extended by 12 months

Feb 26th 2019, 8:00 PM 23,099 Views 25 Comments

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

# irish-defence-forces - Friday 7 December, 2018

'This is huge' - Ireland qualify for Military World Cup after draw with France
# COYBIG
From The42
# COYBIG

'This is huge' - Ireland qualify for Military World Cup after draw with France

Dec 7th 2018, 2:13 PM 7,288 Views 5 Comments

The Irish Defence Forces went through after taking four points from two matches in the Netherlands.

# irish-defence-forces - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

'He arrived in from Lebanon and was training two days later'
# Commitment
From The42
# Commitment

'He arrived in from Lebanon and was training two days later'

Dec 4th 2018, 1:43 PM 12,593 Views 1 Comment

Ireland’s Defence Forces are in the Netherlands where they will aim to book a place at next year’s World Military Games.

# irish-defence-forces - Friday 31 August, 2018

'We were given the baton': How Ireland's Defence Forces helped with significant cocaine seizure in UK
# Newlyn Harbour
# Newlyn Harbour

'We were given the baton': How Ireland's Defence Forces helped with significant cocaine seizure in UK

Aug 31st 2018, 10:07 AM 18,829 Views 17 Comments

Five men were arrested in this operation for drug trafficking offences.

# irish-defence-forces - Tuesday 6 February, 2018

Irish troops to participate in EU Battle Group
# Joint Action
# Joint Action

Irish troops to participate in EU Battle Group

Feb 6th 2018, 7:46 PM 24,376 Views 101 Comments

The Cabinet approved the participation in the group which will be on standby from July to December 2020.

# irish-defence-forces - Friday 22 December, 2017

'You should be proud': Taoiseach visits Irish troops serving in Lebanon this Christmas
# Irish Defence Forces
# Irish Defence Forces

'You should be proud': Taoiseach visits Irish troops serving in Lebanon this Christmas

Dec 22nd 2017, 9:44 PM 16,265 Views 52 Comments

This Christmas some 580 troops will be serving overseas.

# irish-defence-forces - Monday 19 June, 2017

Two Defence Forces members located after terror attack at Mali hotel
# Irish Soldiers
# Irish Soldiers

Two Defence Forces members located after terror attack at Mali hotel

Jun 19th 2017, 2:00 PM 27,274 Views 6 Comments

Two EU workers were killed in the attack on a hotel on the edge of the capital Bamako.

# irish-defence-forces - Thursday 20 April, 2017

Irish soldiers 'depend on loan sharks and welfare payments' to support their families
# At Breaking Point
# At Breaking Point

Irish soldiers 'depend on loan sharks and welfare payments' to support their families

Apr 20th 2017, 4:42 PM 23,144 Views 103 Comments

Family members gathered outside barracks all across the country today to highlight pay issues.

# irish-defence-forces - Sunday 16 April, 2017

Ceremonies underway to remember those who died in the Easter Rising
# Remembering The Rising
# Remembering The Rising

Ceremonies underway to remember those who died in the Easter Rising

Apr 16th 2017, 10:15 AM 10,972 Views 117 Comments

The national anthem was played by a lone piper in the main courtyard of the cemetery.

# irish-defence-forces - Wednesday 22 February, 2017

Coast Guard operation underway after man falls ill on fishing boat
# Medevac
# Medevac

Coast Guard operation underway after man falls ill on fishing boat

Feb 22nd 2017, 8:44 PM 12,087 Views 10 Comments

The rescue services are heading to the scene.

# irish-defence-forces - Sunday 4 September, 2016

Irish Naval Service crew to be given medals for assistance with migrant crisis
# Humanitarians
# Humanitarians

Irish Naval Service crew to be given medals for assistance with migrant crisis

Sep 4th 2016, 6:31 PM 13,637 Views 57 Comments

The Irish Naval Service has rescued over 11,500 migrants to date.

# irish-defence-forces - Wednesday 23 December, 2015

PICS: Enda dons a blue helmet, meets Irish troops and saves Christmas
# Golan Heights
# Golan Heights

PICS: Enda dons a blue helmet, meets Irish troops and saves Christmas

Dec 23rd 2015, 1:12 PM 16,294 Views 145 Comments

You’d never know there’s an election around the corner…

# irish-defence-forces - Friday 27 November, 2015

Pictures: 1,300 Irish soldiers take part in 'Dark Nights' exercise
# Dark Nights
# Dark Nights

Pictures: 1,300 Irish soldiers take part in 'Dark Nights' exercise

Nov 27th 2015, 12:02 PM 25,030 Views 100 Comments

The exercise took place over the last two weeks in Kildare and Cork.

# irish-defence-forces - Thursday 5 November, 2015

A dangerous military flare washed up on a Wexford beach
# Bomb Squad
# Bomb Squad

A dangerous military flare washed up on a Wexford beach

Nov 5th 2015, 8:33 AM 13,260 Views 9 Comments

An army bomb disposal team was called in to make the device safe.

# irish-defence-forces - Sunday 21 June, 2015

'Dad, I hope to be half the man you are' - Touching messages from Irish soldiers overseas
# Pass The Tissues
# Pass The Tissues

'Dad, I hope to be half the man you are' - Touching messages from Irish soldiers overseas

Jun 21st 2015, 1:44 PM 15,944 Views 2 Comments

They’re missing their dads today – and their own children.

# irish-defence-forces - Friday 12 June, 2015

Here's how much it cost this year for the Irish army to provide support at Shannon Airport
# Security
# Security

Here's how much it cost this year for the Irish army to provide support at Shannon Airport

Jun 12th 2015, 6:04 AM 12,255 Views 33 Comments

Gardaí have requested their assistance at the airport more than 130 times.

# irish-defence-forces - Saturday 6 June, 2015

WATCH: Behind the scenes of Saving Private Ryan filmed on a Wexford beach
# Lights Camera Action
# Lights Camera Action

WATCH: Behind the scenes of Saving Private Ryan filmed on a Wexford beach

Jun 6th 2015, 9:30 AM 38,054 Views 16 Comments

The film featured 750 members of the FCA army reserve who played extras in the D-Day scenes.

# irish-defence-forces - Sunday 1 March, 2015

Could Ireland be the next European target for a jihadist terror attack?
# Weaknesses
# Weaknesses

Could Ireland be the next European target for a jihadist terror attack?

Mar 1st 2015, 7:45 AM 53,088 Views 128 Comments

An expert with decades of intelligence experience says our neutrality might actually be making us more vulnerable.

# irish-defence-forces - Saturday 3 January, 2015

Ireland to fund ambulances and burials for Sierra Leone's 7,000+ Ebola victims
# Not Going Away
# Not Going Away

Ireland to fund ambulances and burials for Sierra Leone's 7,000+ Ebola victims

Jan 3rd 2015, 8:15 AM 5,925 Views 42 Comments

The Government is set to give an additional €778,000 towards combating the Ebola outbreak.

# irish-defence-forces - Tuesday 30 December, 2014

Ireland had almost three bomb disposals a week last year
# Peacekeeping
# Peacekeeping

Ireland had almost three bomb disposals a week last year

Dec 30th 2014, 7:00 AM 4,338 Views 0 Comments

The Army had 430 troops serving on peacekeeping missions in 16 countries in the past 12 months.

# irish-defence-forces - Monday 24 November, 2014

Irish Defence Forces bidding for first European success in France
# COYBIG
From The42
# COYBIG

Irish Defence Forces bidding for first European success in France

Nov 24th 2014, 3:24 PM 5,059 Views 3 Comments

Comdt Declan Sheridan’s men take on the hosts later today before facing Germany and the Netherlands.

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