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#Irish Defence Forces

# irish-defence-forces - Wednesday 10 August, 2022

Some Irish soldiers 'refused entry to US after peacekeeping duties'
# The Morning Lead
# The Morning Lead

Some Irish soldiers 'refused entry to US after peacekeeping duties'

Wed 12:05 AM 70,514 Views 21 Comments

The issue has been raised with the US authorities by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

# irish-defence-forces - Friday 5 August, 2022

Defence Forces units train with NATO and EU partners but retention concerns continue
# Annual Report
# Annual Report

Defence Forces units train with NATO and EU partners but retention concerns continue

Aug 5th 2022, 2:06 PM 17,261 Views 19 Comments

The Department of Defence and Defence Forces annual report was launched this week.

# irish-defence-forces - Sunday 31 July, 2022

Ex IBM manager: Pay, political neglect and public indifference all to blame for cyber failings
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Ex IBM manager: Pay, political neglect and public indifference all to blame for cyber failings

Jul 31st 2022, 9:00 AM 15,450 Views 5 Comments

Paul Farrell retired as IBM Ireland’s General Manager last year but also was an officer in the Irish Defence Forces

# irish-defence-forces - Saturday 16 July, 2022

Ireland's special forces: Inside an Irish Army Ranger Wing maritime mission in the Irish Sea
# Fianóglach
# Fianóglach

Ireland's special forces: Inside an Irish Army Ranger Wing maritime mission in the Irish Sea

Jul 16th 2022, 12:05 AM 36,389 Views 0 Comments
  • The Journal has been granted unprecedented access to the Army Ranger Wing's Maritime Task Unit.

# irish-defence-forces - Thursday 14 July, 2022

Military chief on Defence Forces overhaul: 'It's a marathon - not a sprint'
# Sean Clancy
# Sean Clancy

Military chief on Defence Forces overhaul: 'It's a marathon - not a sprint'

Jul 14th 2022, 6:00 AM 8,051 Views 1 Comment

Lietenant General Sean Clancy was speaking following the publication of the Commission on the Defence Forces Action Plan.

# irish-defence-forces - Wednesday 13 July, 2022

Defence spending boost confirmed but doubt cast over several key reform proposals
# New Plan
# New Plan

Defence spending boost confirmed but doubt cast over several key reform proposals

Updated Jul 13th 2022, 12:50 PM 22,311 Views 30 Comments

A new high level action plan on the Defence Forces has been launched this morning.

# irish-defence-forces - Sunday 3 July, 2022

The Government has been advised to hire private jets to replace its ailing Learjet
# Jet
# Jet

The Government has been advised to hire private jets to replace its ailing Learjet

Jul 3rd 2022, 12:05 AM 38,479 Views 70 Comments

Aviation consultancy Altea has recommended the leasing of private aircraft.

# irish-defence-forces - Friday 1 July, 2022

The Naval Service is retiring three ships next week - and one might become a floating museum
# Orla Ciara Eithne
# Orla Ciara Eithne

The Naval Service is retiring three ships next week - and one might become a floating museum

Jul 1st 2022, 5:01 PM 32,668 Views 21 Comments

The vessels, the LÉ Eithne, LÉ Orla and LÉ Ciara have all reached the end of their service life.

# irish-defence-forces - Thursday 30 June, 2022

Sinn Féin TD accused of 'slur' against Irish Defence Forces' training work in Mali
# Mali
# Mali

Sinn Féin TD accused of 'slur' against Irish Defence Forces' training work in Mali

Jun 30th 2022, 6:40 PM 26,861 Views 38 Comments

The exchange between Simon Coveney and Deputy John Brady happened during a Defence and Foreign Affairs committee on peace keeping.

# irish-defence-forces - Wednesday 29 June, 2022

Gardaí and bomb disposal experts find suspected online purchased 'explosives' at Cork house
# Cork
# Cork

Gardaí and bomb disposal experts find suspected online purchased 'explosives' at Cork house

Updated Jun 29th 2022, 7:45 PM 27,609 Views 0 Comments

Gardai have sealed off the house on College Road, Cork.

Irish soldiers could train Ukrainian troops to make Russian minefields safe, minister says
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Irish soldiers could train Ukrainian troops to make Russian minefields safe, minister says

Jun 29th 2022, 4:32 PM 11,626 Views 31 Comments

Simon Coveney said that Ukraine had asked for demining training from Ireland.

# irish-defence-forces - Monday 27 June, 2022

Former head of military abuse team: 'You just need to get rid of the dinosaurs'
# Christine Whitecross
# Christine Whitecross

Former head of military abuse team: 'You just need to get rid of the dinosaurs'

Jun 27th 2022, 8:50 PM 14,357 Views 0 Comments

Christine Whitecross is a retired Lieutenant General who led the Canadian Forces strategic response team on sexual misconduct.

# irish-defence-forces - Thursday 16 June, 2022

Government renews approval for Irish peacekeeping missions in Syria and Kosovo
# Peace Missions
# Peace Missions

Government renews approval for Irish peacekeeping missions in Syria and Kosovo

Jun 16th 2022, 6:30 AM 7,747 Views 3 Comments

Irish troops are based in the Golan Heights and the Kosovar capital Pristina in UN mandated operations.

# irish-defence-forces - 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 29,665 Views 26 Comments

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

# irish-defence-forces - 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 61,962 Views 47 Comments

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

# irish-defence-forces - Thursday 2 June, 2022

Irish Military officers granted temporary access to ICTU for pay talks
# Irish Defence Forces
# Irish Defence Forces

Irish Military officers granted temporary access to ICTU for pay talks

Jun 2nd 2022, 12:28 PM 6,849 Views 0 Comments

The representative bodies had been campaigning for better pay and conditions for Irish Defence Forces personnel.

# irish-defence-forces - Sunday 29 May, 2022

Doing our part: a small team of Irish troops on the frontline between Lebanon and Israel
# Peacekeepers
# Peacekeepers

Doing our part: a small team of Irish troops on the frontline between Lebanon and Israel

May 29th 2022, 11:06 PM 27,003 Views 2 Comments

Reporter Niall O’Connor has been reporting from South Lebanon and visited Camp 6-52 today.

Taoiseach visits Irish troops on peacekeeping mission in Lebanon
# Lebanon
# Lebanon

Taoiseach visits Irish troops on peacekeeping mission in Lebanon

Updated May 29th 2022, 3:44 PM 27,592 Views 84 Comments

Reporter Niall O’Connor is accompanying the Taoiseach and reporting from Lebanon in the coming days.

# irish-defence-forces - Thursday 31 March, 2022

Irish officer: Ukraine crisis adding to challenges of Lebanese peacekeeping mission
# UN Mission
# UN Mission

Irish officer: Ukraine crisis adding to challenges of Lebanese peacekeeping mission

Mar 31st 2022, 6:41 PM 19,528 Views 0 Comments

347 Irish troops will deploy to South Lebanon in May as part of the UN Peacekeeping mission.

# irish-defence-forces - Monday 28 March, 2022

Irish Defence Forces building large-scale tent camp for incoming Ukrainian refugees
# Refugee Crisis
# Refugee Crisis

Irish Defence Forces building large-scale tent camp for incoming Ukrainian refugees

Mar 28th 2022, 3:28 PM 32,378 Views 14 Comments

Latest figures show that more than 13,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland so far.

# irish-defence-forces - Friday 4 March, 2022

Pictures: On an anti-terror exercise with Ireland's special forces
# Army Rangers
# Army Rangers

Pictures: On an anti-terror exercise with Ireland's special forces

Mar 4th 2022, 3:32 PM 26,418 Views 0 Comments

The Journal joined the Irish Air Corps and Army Ranger Wing at The Curragh last week.

# irish-defence-forces - Saturday 19 February, 2022

Irish soldiers to stay in war-torn Mali for now despite French announcement of troop withdrawal
# Mali
# Mali

Irish soldiers to stay in war-torn Mali for now despite French announcement of troop withdrawal

Feb 19th 2022, 12:10 AM 25,934 Views 20 Comments

There are 34 Irish troops in Mali at present.

# irish-defence-forces - Thursday 10 February, 2022

Analysis: Defence Commission report sets out stark reality of Ireland's military incapacity
# Analysis
# Analysis

Analysis: Defence Commission report sets out stark reality of Ireland's military incapacity

Feb 10th 2022, 9:19 AM 15,295 Views 60 Comments

The Commission report is a study in accepting the modernisation of a long neglected force, writes Niall O’Connor.

# irish-defence-forces - 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 71,263 Views 67 Comments

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

# irish-defence-forces - Friday 14 January, 2022

Group representing Irish military officers claims membership 'fearful' of Commission report
# Raco
# Raco

Group representing Irish military officers claims membership 'fearful' of Commission report

Jan 14th 2022, 10:04 PM 34,353 Views 21 Comments

The Commission on the Defence Forces has been meeting over the last year.

# irish-defence-forces - Monday 27 December, 2021

From Qatar to the streets of Dublin: Irish bomb disposal teams develop terror attack response
# Terror Response
# Terror Response

From Qatar to the streets of Dublin: Irish bomb disposal teams develop terror attack response

Dec 27th 2021, 8:00 PM 19,868 Views 0 Comments

We speak to the bomb disposal technicians working to develop a way to fight terror attacks.

# irish-defence-forces - Monday 20 December, 2021

Defence Forces told it must hand back millions in unspent budget, Government confirms
# Hand It Back
# Hand It Back

Defence Forces told it must hand back millions in unspent budget, Government confirms

Dec 20th 2021, 9:54 PM 49,822 Views 33 Comments

Up to €20 million could be returned to the exchequer.

# irish-defence-forces - Monday 29 November, 2021

New centre to help serving and retired Defence Forces personnel opens in Cork
# Personnel Support
# Personnel Support

New centre to help serving and retired Defence Forces personnel opens in Cork

Nov 29th 2021, 7:22 PM 12,209 Views 2 Comments

The new centre is in a refurbished building in Collins Barracks, Cork.

# irish-defence-forces - Friday 26 November, 2021

Coveney defends Defence department's handling of offer to buy long-range 'heavy lift' aircraft
# Kabul Rescue
# Kabul Rescue

Coveney defends Defence department's handling of offer to buy long-range 'heavy lift' aircraft

Nov 26th 2021, 12:05 AM 43,482 Views 57 Comments
  • Questions have been raised about the need for heavy lift aircraft for the Irish Air Corps.

# irish-defence-forces - Tuesday 23 November, 2021

Irish Defence Forces officer warns staffing crisis jeopardising UN overseas missions
# Un Missions
# Un Missions

Irish Defence Forces officer warns staffing crisis jeopardising UN overseas missions

Nov 23rd 2021, 2:23 PM 11,026 Views 9 Comments

Raco are holding their annual conference in Kildare.

# irish-defence-forces - Monday 22 November, 2021

Irish bomb disposal experts travel to Qatar to help preparations for the 2022 World Cup
# Qatar
# Qatar

Irish bomb disposal experts travel to Qatar to help preparations for the 2022 World Cup

Nov 22nd 2021, 4:20 PM 14,477 Views 16 Comments

Three operators from the Irish Defence Forces briefed Qatari forces at the event.

Ireland's military officers are 'burned out', a conference will hear today
# Raco
# Raco

Ireland's military officers are 'burned out', a conference will hear today

Nov 22nd 2021, 6:45 AM 31,038 Views 39 Comments

RACO represents more than 1,200 Permanent Defence Force Officers from Officer Cadet to Colonel ranks.

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 58,123 Views 0 Comments

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

# irish-defence-forces - Tuesday 2 November, 2021

Soldiers accused of assaulting fellow recruit challenge refusal to allow them to graduate
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Soldiers accused of assaulting fellow recruit challenge refusal to allow them to graduate

Nov 2nd 2021, 9:52 AM 36,674 Views 0 Comments

The three trainee soldiers deny any wrongdoing in respect of the other recruit.

# irish-defence-forces - Thursday 7 October, 2021

Expense of citizenship 'stopping some Defence Force members from serving on UN missions'
# Peacekeeping
# Peacekeeping

Expense of citizenship 'stopping some Defence Force members from serving on UN missions'

Oct 7th 2021, 3:36 PM 17,870 Views 15 Comments

PDFORRA has called on Minister Coveney to ‘do the right thing’ and grant citizenship to migrant soldiers.

# irish-defence-forces - Wednesday 6 October, 2021

PDFORRA: Rule forcing premature retirement of experienced soldiers makes 'no logical sense'
# Irish Defence Forces
# Irish Defence Forces

PDFORRA: Rule forcing premature retirement of experienced soldiers makes 'no logical sense'

Oct 6th 2021, 2:23 PM 14,324 Views 14 Comments

The annual conference of PDFORRA, which represents 6,500 military members, is taking place in Killarney.

# irish-defence-forces - Tuesday 5 October, 2021

Women of Honour scandal among topics on agenda at PDFORRA conference
# Irish Defence Forces
# Irish Defence Forces

Women of Honour scandal among topics on agenda at PDFORRA conference

Oct 5th 2021, 12:25 PM 6,689 Views 1 Comment

The annual conference takes places in Killarney.

# irish-defence-forces - Saturday 25 September, 2021

Spot loud flashes and choppers flying over Ringsend this week? Don't worry it was just a drill
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Spot loud flashes and choppers flying over Ringsend this week? Don't worry it was just a drill

Sep 25th 2021, 8:00 AM 25,808 Views 19 Comments

Exercise Viking Landing II took place at the Pigeon House, Poolbeg on Tuesday night.

# irish-defence-forces - Monday 2 August, 2021

'Societal dysfunctionality' around gender roles needs to be tackled, says Defence Forces chief
# Irish Society
# Irish Society

'Societal dysfunctionality' around gender roles needs to be tackled, says Defence Forces chief

Aug 2nd 2021, 6:30 AM 29,968 Views 41 Comments

Vice Admiral Mellett said gender conditioning away from military life begins in childhood for women.

# 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'

Aug 1st 2021, 12:05 AM 37,352 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.
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