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Monday 29 May 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# air corps

This month
May 2023
# Defence Forces
Air Corps plane on flight from Dublin made emergency landing after losing engine power
The plane had been on a training flight.
Last year
# Defence
Action on pay imperative if Govt serious about overhauling Defence Forces, PDFORRA insists
The group is holding its annual delegate conference in Ballybofey, Co Donegal.
# primary defence
New radar project to track jets and drones across Irish airspace could cost €300 million
The radar systems would be able to detect jets and drones at a range of altitutes.
# buy or lease
Buying a new Govt jet under consideration as current plane is 'nearing the end of life'
The Air Corps Learjet was purchased in 2004.
# Planning
Planning permission refused for Wicklow wind farm due to nearby Air Corps activity
The proposed site is just under 2.5 kilometres from Coolmoney Defence Forces camp.
# army rangers
Pictures: On an anti-terror exercise with Ireland's special forces
The Journal joined the Irish Air Corps and Army Ranger Wing at The Curragh last week.
All time
# hand it back
Defence Forces told it must hand back millions in unspent budget, Government confirms
Up to €20 million could be returned to the exchequer.
# Personnel Support
New centre to help serving and retired Defence Forces personnel opens in Cork
The new centre is in a refurbished building in Collins Barracks, Cork.
# Irish Defence Forces
PDFORRA: Rule forcing premature retirement of experienced soldiers makes 'no logical sense'
The annual conference of PDFORRA, which represents 6,500 military members, is taking place in Killarney.
# Vice Admiral Mark Mellett
Outgoing head of Defence Forces says Government cuts to military have caused 'frustration'
Vice Admiral Mark Mellett is set to retire in the coming months from his role as Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.
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.
Representative group for Defence Forces officers set to criticise Government over 'ticking retention timebomb'
Pop up recruitment centre in Dublin tomorrow for Naval Service to find 200 recruits so ships can go to sea
# Baldonnel
Chemical exposure claims: Five years on from protected disclosures Air Corps whistleblowers still 'waiting for justice'
Gavin Tobin claims members of the Air Corps were exposed to dangerous chemicals.
Covid-19 forces socially distanced celebrations for National Services Day
Minister for Justice Helen McEntee will lay a wreath at a ceremony in Dublin.
# chemical exposure
One year on from Supreme Court victory, an Air Corps whistleblower still hasn't received vital documents
Gavin Tobin won a Supreme Court case last year.
# air corps
Investigation begins after door falls from Air Corps helicopter and lands on Dublin school grounds
The incident happened just before 6pm today.
# air corps
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.
# ramp up testing
Irish Air Corps makes first delivery of Covid-19 tests to German lab
The delivery of tests to Germany is part of the HSE’s response to increase Covid-19 testing in Ireland.
# Air Ambulance
'Significant restrictions' on emergency helicopter service on days when Air Corps not available
An internal Department of Defence briefing highlights the restrictions on where the Coast Guard helicopter can reach.
# Defence Forces
Defence Forces officers vote to accept €10m allowance proposals
The government has said the changes would make Irish military careers more attractive.
# Fighting On
'Time is running out - this is a men's health scandal': Air Corps whistleblower opens up about his fight for justice
Gavin Tobin has spent over €50,000 on his own healthcare.
# air corps
Cabinet approves plans to train two Air Corps pilots in Australia in bid to address retention crisis
There are around 100 Air Corps pilots in the force.
# air corps
Former Air Corps mechanic says fight against State 'back on' after Supreme Court victory
The complainants in this case allege there was a disregard for the safety of young Air Corps members.
# Baldonnel
Calls for investigation as gardaí alerted to alleged smuggling at Baldonnel Airfield
Sinn Féín’s defence spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh told that he will be raising this issue with the Taoiseach as a matter of urgency.
# Whistleblowers
Air Corps whistleblower claims death toll from chemical-linked illnesses surpasses 72
Chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety are just some of the conditions the whistleblower has been living with for over a decade.
# Seized
Five men arrested and drugs seized as Defence Forces assist in inter-agency operation at sea
A UK National Crime Agency (NCA) coordinated operation led to the detention of a yacht yesterday evening.
# Banned
Temporary ban on drones to be enforced in parts of Dublin and Knock during Pope visit
The Air Corps said that “if you use a drone in the Dublin area you may be acting illegally”.
# Reek Sunday
Man airlifted to hospital as thousands climb Croagh Patrick
Several other people were treated for medical issues on the mountain.
# curracloe
Gardaí probe Wexford fire after reports that barbecue caused huge beach blaze
People were forced to leave the popular tourist area yesterday.
# hot weather
Air Corps deployed to battle blazes in six different counties
The Air Corps has responded to requests in Dublin, Wicklow, Limerick, Cork, Tipperary and Offaly.
# Terrorism
Defence Forces looking to recruit 480 people to help 'defend against modern threats'
The government wants to maintain a strength level of 9,500 personnel across the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps.
# winter came
Watch: The Beast in the West - stunning Air Corps video taken over Galway
Emma and the Beast’s effects have been felt across the country.
# chemical claims
'Today I am passing you a list of 56 verified deaths of serving and former colleagues. Average age: 48'
The whistleblower claims the number of deaths has risen sharply.
# A new dawn
Surge in women joining Defence Forces after €360,000 is spent on recruitment campaigns
Almost 14,000 men and women applied to join the Defence Forces in 2017.
# Whistleblowers
Attempts to dismiss serving Air Corps whistleblower on medical grounds 'not a disciplinary procedure'
The man is one of a number of whistleblowers in the Air Corps.
# Transplants
Irish Coast Guard and Air Corps no longer able to transport patients to UK at night
‘Priority 1′ transfers involve transporting patients by air to another country for emergency medical treatment.
# chemical scandal
Suicide, cancer and organ failure - today we list all the alleged victims of the Air Corps chemical scandal
The average age of the dead is 50.
# Recruitment
Over 1,000 Defence Forces members bought their way out in the last five years
Representatives say the government needs to improve pay and conditions to stop people leaving and encourage new recruits to join.
# Military
On the hunt for a job? The Defence Forces have launched a new recruitment campaign
Defence Minister Paul Kehoe announced a new Permanent Defence Force general service recruitment competition.
# waiting for justice
'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.
# Defence Forces
Air Corps controversy: Minister says reports on toxicity at Baldonnel 'can't be found'
At least six people are taking action against the State for alleged exposure to chemicals whilst in the Air Corps.
# Defence Forces
Two men suing State over Air Corps chemical exposure say they have developed cancer
The men are two of six alleging that exposure to chemicals has made them seriously ill.