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#Minister For Defence

# minister-for-defence - Tuesday 25 May, 2021

First female Defence Forces officer achieves rank of Major General
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

First female Defence Forces officer achieves rank of Major General

May 25th 2021, 8:30 PM 33,566 Views 51 Comments

Major-General Maureen O’Brien’s appointment to this rank was described as a “great source of pride for the Defence Forces” by Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney.

# minister-for-defence - Sunday 7 April, 2019

Minister Paul Kehoe and his family evacuate home with gardaí after anti-eviction protesters arrived
# Minister For Defence
# Minister For Defence

Minister Paul Kehoe and his family evacuate home with gardaí after anti-eviction protesters arrived

Apr 7th 2019, 4:14 PM 88,774 Views 260 Comments

The minister thanked the gardaí for their assistance in a statement.

# minister-for-defence - Saturday 2 January, 2016

British troops could face charges over Iraq War abuses
# Abuse
# Abuse

British troops could face charges over Iraq War abuses

Jan 2nd 2016, 1:08 PM 11,182 Views 79 Comments

An inquiry has heard evidence of at least 1,514 possible victims, 280 of whom are alleged to have been unlawfully killed.

# minister-for-defence - Wednesday 18 November, 2015

Will Ireland have to provide military assistance to France?
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Will Ireland have to provide military assistance to France?

Nov 18th 2015, 3:59 PM 24,116 Views 123 Comments

France is using The Lisbon treaty’s equivalent of Nato’s ‘an attack on one is an attack on all’ clause.

# minister-for-defence - Sunday 21 June, 2015

There are very, very few women in the Irish Army...
# No Woman No Cry
# No Woman No Cry

There are very, very few women in the Irish Army...

Jun 21st 2015, 8:45 AM 27,590 Views 82 Comments

And none at all with rank more senior than lieutenant colonel.

# minister-for-defence - Friday 19 June, 2015

Defences Forces find solution to keep ambulances worth €900k on the road
# Modifications
# Modifications

Defences Forces find solution to keep ambulances worth €900k on the road

Jun 19th 2015, 9:30 PM 24,414 Views 24 Comments

Smaller crews had difficulty lifting stretchers in and out of the ambulances.

# minister-for-defence - Saturday 15 November, 2014

Irish troops in Afghanistan are coming home
# ISAF
# ISAF

Irish troops in Afghanistan are coming home

Nov 15th 2014, 7:30 AM 12,617 Views 38 Comments

A decision has yet to be made on any further deployment.

# minister-for-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 7,186 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.

# minister-for-defence - Friday 16 May, 2014

Asbestos found on LÉ Aoife this week should have been removed a decade ago
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Asbestos found on LÉ Aoife this week should have been removed a decade ago

May 16th 2014, 6:30 AM 9,446 Views 27 Comments

The ship was taken out of action for a period this week while items were inspected for asbestos.

# minister-for-defence - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

The opposition wants to know how long Enda Kenny will stay as Defence Minister
# Taoiseach
# Taoiseach

The opposition wants to know how long Enda Kenny will stay as Defence Minister

May 13th 2014, 12:02 AM 14,198 Views 67 Comments

The Taoiseach has taken over the portfolio on a temporary basis.

# minister-for-defence - Saturday 8 February, 2014

Want to join the army? Recruitment starts next month
# Sign Up
# Sign Up

Want to join the army? Recruitment starts next month

Feb 8th 2014, 12:19 PM 37,744 Views 107 Comments

There are currently 264 vacancies in the force to fill, though Minister Shatter said “no specific weaknesses” have been brought to his attention.

# minister-for-defence - Sunday 15 December, 2013

Shatter: No indications Irish troops in Syria are a target
# Golan Heights
# Golan Heights

Shatter: No indications Irish troops in Syria are a target

Dec 15th 2013, 10:20 AM 7,443 Views 41 Comments

The Minister for Defence said we must accept we are putting troops in harm’s way when we deploy them to these types of operations.

# minister-for-defence - Friday 24 May, 2013

Fianna Fáil tables Dáil motion of no confidence in Alan Shatter
# Feeling Confident?
# Feeling Confident?

Fianna Fáil tables Dáil motion of no confidence in Alan Shatter

May 24th 2013, 4:40 PM 8,094 Views 105 Comments

TDs will debate Fianna Fáil’s motion on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the party saying Shatter’s position is untenable.

# minister-for-defence - Sunday 12 May, 2013

Shatter says Syrian war is making Lebanon ‘increasingly unstable’
# Irish Defence Forces
# Irish Defence Forces

Shatter says Syrian war is making Lebanon ‘increasingly unstable’

May 12th 2013, 7:45 AM 5,357 Views 80 Comments

The Minister for Defence also revealed that the UN has requested that Irish observers be sent to Syria.

# minister-for-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 11,776 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”.

# minister-for-defence - Wednesday 25 July, 2012

Multi-denominational Educate Together to run secondary schools
# Educate Together
# Educate Together

Multi-denominational Educate Together to run secondary schools

Jul 25th 2012, 2:56 PM 6,177 Views 53 Comments

Educate Together will be the first new entrant to second level education since the 1930s.

# minister-for-defence - Sunday 4 March, 2012

Over 20 court martial cases underway - but no military judge to hear them
# Military Judge
# Military Judge

Over 20 court martial cases underway - but no military judge to hear them

Mar 4th 2012, 8:30 AM 3,028 Views 9 Comments

The last judge retired in July 2010.

# minister-for-defence - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

Shatter refuses to rule out second Fiscal Treaty referendum if voters say 'no'
# Referendum
# Referendum

Shatter refuses to rule out second Fiscal Treaty referendum if voters say 'no'

Feb 28th 2012, 6:41 PM 4,674 Views 143 Comments

Minister for Justice says the Fiscal Compact Treaty is about preventing future governments building debt for future generations.

# minister-for-defence - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

We could tell you about the Irish Secret Service budget, but then we'd have to kill you
# Secret Service
From The Daily Edge
# Secret Service

We could tell you about the Irish Secret Service budget, but then we'd have to kill you

Dec 6th 2011, 1:14 PM 9,018 Views 25 Comments

One small part of the Budget hasn’t been touched this year: the secret service is retaining its €1m funding. SO what does it do?

# minister-for-defence - Wednesday 4 May, 2011

440 Irish troops prepare for peacekeeping deployment to Lebanon
# Lebanon
# Lebanon

440 Irish troops prepare for peacekeeping deployment to Lebanon

May 4th 2011, 3:18 PM 2,059 Views 0 Comments

Irish soldiers were first sent to Lebanon in 1978. Last month, Minister Shatter appointed Frank Callanan SC to review information surrounding the deaths of three Irish soldiers there in 1989.

# minister-for-defence - Thursday 6 January, 2011

Tony Killeen will not contest general election
# Tony Killeen
# Tony Killeen

Tony Killeen will not contest general election

Jan 6th 2011, 8:40 AM 1,361 Views 0 Comments

Fianna Fáil minister from Clare is the 23rd sitting TD to announce he will not be running in the 2011 election.

# minister-for-defence - Tuesday 20 July, 2010

Willie O'Dea: I paid "over and above" for libel settlement
# Willie O'Dea
# Willie O'Dea

Willie O'Dea: I paid "over and above" for libel settlement

Jul 20th 2010, 3:08 PM 672 Views 0 Comments

Former minister says it’s been a hard six months.