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#Defence Forces

# defence-forces - Sunday 22 May, 2022

A year on: Inside the Defence Forces response against the HSE ransomware hack
# Cyber Threat
# Cyber Threat

A year on: Inside the Defence Forces response against the HSE ransomware hack

May 22nd 2022, 12:05 AM 18,664 Views 7 Comments

We speak to an officer in the Irish Defence Forces’ Communications Information Services Corps about the HSE attack and future threats.

# defence-forces - Friday 13 May, 2022

Defence Forces spend over €110,000 outside procurement process in response to Ukrainian refugee crisis
# Refugee Crisis
# Refugee Crisis

Defence Forces spend over €110,000 outside procurement process in response to Ukrainian refugee crisis

May 13th 2022, 6:00 AM 13,024 Views 7 Comments

Defence Minister Simon Coveney detailed 16 contracts made outside of standard procurement rules.

# defence-forces - Friday 15 April, 2022

Security dispute after ERU Gardaí used instead of Army Rangers for Coveney visit to Ukraine
# Army Ranger Wing
# Army Ranger Wing

Security dispute after ERU Gardaí used instead of Army Rangers for Coveney visit to Ukraine

Apr 15th 2022, 6:00 AM 84,194 Views 0 Comments

The Foreign Affairs Minister travelled to Kyiv yesterday protected by armed gardaí from the Emergency Response Unit.

# defence-forces - Thursday 7 April, 2022

Tent camp, warehouses, arenas and Citywest hotel may house refugees by Easter
# Ukrainian Refugees
# Ukrainian Refugees

Tent camp, warehouses, arenas and Citywest hotel may house refugees by Easter

Apr 7th 2022, 11:51 AM 12,235 Views 22 Comments

Warehouses and other vacant properties might also be used to house people arriving here from Ukraine in the coming days.

# defence-forces - Sunday 13 March, 2022

Government purchases two ships for naval service from New Zealand
# In The Navy
# In The Navy

Government purchases two ships for naval service from New Zealand

Mar 13th 2022, 3:23 PM 57,581 Views 62 Comments

The procurement of the two vessels is part of the “regeneration” of Ireland’s Naval Service.

# defence-forces - Saturday 12 March, 2022

Independent review into Defence Forces allegations now accepting submissions
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Independent review into Defence Forces allegations now accepting submissions

Mar 12th 2022, 5:54 PM 10,128 Views 0 Comments

The closing date for submissions is April 4.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 8 March, 2022

High Court challenge brought over order preventing off-duty soldiers attending protests
# Courts
# Courts

High Court challenge brought over order preventing off-duty soldiers attending protests

Mar 8th 2022, 6:32 PM 10,540 Views 0 Comments

An order issued in 2018 said attendance in uniform or civilian clothing at such events “is not compatible with military service”.

# defence-forces - Saturday 26 February, 2022

TD calls for Ireland to provide anti-tank weapons to Ukraine
# Neutrality
# Neutrality

TD calls for Ireland to provide anti-tank weapons to Ukraine

Feb 26th 2022, 11:37 AM 69,880 Views 178 Comments

Cathal Berry argued that the public mood has “utterly changed” in the past 48 hours.

# defence-forces - Thursday 10 February, 2022

Ambassador says report on Defence Forces portrays Russia as 'bogeyman'
# Yuriy Filatov
# Yuriy Filatov

Ambassador says report on Defence Forces portrays Russia as 'bogeyman'

Feb 10th 2022, 7:06 PM 12,483 Views 6 Comments

The Russian ambassador said the Commission on the Defence Forces tried to create a “notion of a threat” to Ireland from Russia.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 9 February, 2022

Report detailing military weaknesses sends clear and 'blunt' message to govt - Coveney
# Military
# Military

Report detailing military weaknesses sends clear and 'blunt' message to govt - Coveney

Feb 9th 2022, 3:42 PM 13,250 Views 28 Comments

A new report calls for major increases in Government spending on the Defence Forces.

Long-awaited report finds Ireland's Defence Forces in need of 'transformational change'
# Commission
# Commission

Long-awaited report finds Ireland's Defence Forces in need of 'transformational change'

Updated Feb 9th 2022, 1:35 PM 23,549 Views 47 Comments

The Minister for Defence said the report proposes “significant changes for the Defence Forces and Defence provision in Ireland”.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 8 February, 2022

Coveney's focus on Defence portfolio brought into question by some after Russia controversy
# COMMISSION REPORT
# COMMISSION REPORT

Coveney's focus on Defence portfolio brought into question by some after Russia controversy

Feb 8th 2022, 12:05 AM 23,112 Views 18 Comments

Questions have been asked as to whether Coveney is stretched too thin being in charge of the DFA and Defence.

# 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 71,139 Views 68 Comments

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

# defence-forces - Saturday 5 February, 2022

Junior minister describes allegation of sexual assault at Dublin barracks as 'horrific'
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Junior minister describes allegation of sexual assault at Dublin barracks as 'horrific'

Feb 5th 2022, 2:07 PM 46,363 Views 0 Comments

It is alleged the soldier was assaulted at a barracks in June 2020.

# defence-forces - Thursday 3 February, 2022

Defence Forces release images of Russian, French and US ships in international waters off Ireland
# Atlantic
# Atlantic

Defence Forces release images of Russian, French and US ships in international waters off Ireland

Feb 3rd 2022, 6:43 PM 52,388 Views 32 Comments

The Defence Forces issued an update of its monitoring operation this afternoon.

Loss of skilled Defence Forces staff due to poor pay 'has left Ireland vulnerable'
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Loss of skilled Defence Forces staff due to poor pay 'has left Ireland vulnerable'

Feb 3rd 2022, 4:07 PM 21,666 Views 30 Comments

Commandant Conor King has written a detailed academic paper which analyses the retention crisis in the Defence Forces.

# defence-forces - Monday 31 January, 2022

Women of Honour told 'no change' to structure of review during meeting with Taoiseach
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Women of Honour told 'no change' to structure of review during meeting with Taoiseach

Jan 31st 2022, 2:14 PM 9,227 Views 0 Comments

The group had called for a statutory inquiry which would compel witnesses to give evidence.

# defence-forces - Sunday 30 January, 2022

Defence Forces have been 'under-resourced for a long time', Coveney says
# Military
# Military

Defence Forces have been 'under-resourced for a long time', Coveney says

Jan 30th 2022, 2:29 PM 22,659 Views 64 Comments

It comes after Coveney confirmed that Russia is to relocate its military drills outside Ireland’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

# defence-forces - Friday 28 January, 2022

Army instructor convicted of sexually assaulting female recruit has sentencing adjourned
# Courts
# Courts

Army instructor convicted of sexually assaulting female recruit has sentencing adjourned

Jan 28th 2022, 3:38 PM 29,951 Views 0 Comments

A military judge will now consider a restorative justice process that took place between the soldier and the recruit earlier this month.

# defence-forces - Thursday 27 January, 2022

Criticism over Cathal Brugha Barracks study as Ryan spokesperson says 'no final decision' made
# Dublin
# Dublin

Criticism over Cathal Brugha Barracks study as Ryan spokesperson says 'no final decision' made

Jan 27th 2022, 9:59 PM 24,414 Views 21 Comments

“It’s the jewel in the crown of the Defence Forces and it shouldn’t be touched in any way or form,” TD Cathal Berry said.

Lisa Smith married a member of al Qaida while in Syria, court hears
# Courts
# Courts

Lisa Smith married a member of al Qaida while in Syria, court hears

Jan 27th 2022, 3:05 PM 23,699 Views 0 Comments

The 39-year-old ex-soldier has pleaded not guilty to terror-related charges at the Special Criminal Court.

Department issues warning over 'serious safety risks' posed by Russian missile tests
# Marine Warning
# Marine Warning

Department issues warning over 'serious safety risks' posed by Russian missile tests

Updated Jan 27th 2022, 11:20 AM 78,717 Views 75 Comments

The Department of Transport has warned all seafarers about the Russian military exercises due to take place next week.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 26 January, 2022

Women of Honour Group to meet Taoiseach after Defence meeting walk out
# Defence
# Defence

Women of Honour Group to meet Taoiseach after Defence meeting walk out

Jan 26th 2022, 12:47 PM 6,403 Views 0 Comments

The women of Honour group have been campaigning for a full review of how the Defence Forces handled their complaints.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 25 January, 2022

Women of Honour group slams 'pointless' review into Defence Forces sexual misconduct allegations
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Women of Honour group slams 'pointless' review into Defence Forces sexual misconduct allegations

Updated Jan 25th 2022, 6:58 PM 19,959 Views 0 Comments

The Women of Honour group walked out of a meeting with Simon Coveney today and said it would not be participating.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 1 December, 2021

Over 190 Irish troops return following six-month deployment to South Lebanon
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Over 190 Irish troops return following six-month deployment to South Lebanon

Dec 1st 2021, 10:00 PM 18,352 Views 11 Comments

A total of 341 Defence Forces personnel deployed with the 118th Infantry Battalion.

# 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 36,670 Views 0 Comments

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

# defence-forces - Wednesday 6 October, 2021

Tom Clonan: Dozens have contacted me since Women of Honour with stories of sexual assault and bullying
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Tom Clonan: Dozens have contacted me since Women of Honour with stories of sexual assault and bullying

Updated Oct 6th 2021, 4:00 PM 13,892 Views 15 Comments

The security analyst says the recent documentary has merely scratched the surface of issues for women in the Defence Forces.

Confidential contact appointed for former and serving Defences Force members
# Women Of Honour
# Women Of Honour

Confidential contact appointed for former and serving Defences Force members

Oct 6th 2021, 8:30 AM 7,238 Views 8 Comments

This person will listen and assist members “in documenting their allegations and to provide guidance.”

# 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 25,791 Views 19 Comments

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

# defence-forces - Monday 13 September, 2021

Defence Forces 'commends bravery' of female members who came forward to make harassment complaints
# Documentary
# Documentary

Defence Forces 'commends bravery' of female members who came forward to make harassment complaints

Updated Sep 13th 2021, 7:13 PM 26,639 Views 18 Comments

The terms of reference of an independent review into harassment and bullying in the Defence Forces are due to be finalised this week.

# defence-forces - Saturday 11 September, 2021

Opposition parties call for inquiry into abuse in the Defence Forces
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Opposition parties call for inquiry into abuse in the Defence Forces

Sep 11th 2021, 4:26 PM 16,550 Views 23 Comments

Sinn Féin, the Social Democrats and Labour have called for an independent inquiry into the issue, which was revealed in an RTÉ documentary today.

‘I hated myself’: Female soldiers speak up about abuse in the Defence Forces
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

‘I hated myself’: Female soldiers speak up about abuse in the Defence Forces

Sep 11th 2021, 3:56 PM 43,094 Views 22 Comments

Women of Honour, a documentary special on RTÉ Radio, detailed the problems faced by women in Ireland’s defence forces.

# defence-forces - Friday 27 August, 2021

PHOTOS: The Army Rangers' mission to evacuate Irish people from Afghanistan
# Kabul
# Kabul

PHOTOS: The Army Rangers' mission to evacuate Irish people from Afghanistan

Aug 27th 2021, 7:47 PM 40,236 Views 56 Comments
  • Earlier this week, an Irish mission of Army Rangers evacuated 26 Irish people from Afghanistan.
  • The Army Ranger Wing is a unit within the Defence Forces.
  • Its roles are divided into conventional warfare roles and specialist anti-terror roles.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Investigation underway into alleged sexual assault of Defence Forces member
# Dublin
# Dublin

Investigation underway into alleged sexual assault of Defence Forces member

Jul 28th 2021, 8:45 AM 22,418 Views 0 Comments

It’s alleged to have happened at a hotel being used for mandatory hotel quarantine.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 20 July, 2021

Defence Forces deployed 'ethical hackers' to fight back against massive HSE cyber attack
# White Hats
# White Hats

Defence Forces deployed 'ethical hackers' to fight back against massive HSE cyber attack

Jul 20th 2021, 12:05 AM 40,819 Views 39 Comments
  • The CIS Corps deployed experts trained to think like cyber criminals to tackle the threat, Niall O'Connor reports.
  • Captain Steve Keane is a lead officer in the CIS Corps and spoke about the unit's work on the HSE cyber attack.
  • Soldiers hunted for the hacker online and also deployed a decryption tool.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 29 June, 2021

Representative group for Defence Forces officers set to criticise Government over 'ticking retention timebomb'
# Military Retention Crisis
# Military Retention Crisis

Representative group for Defence Forces officers set to criticise Government over 'ticking retention timebomb'

Jun 29th 2021, 11:00 AM 15,974 Views 18 Comments

RACO will tell the Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs that cuts to the military budget is to blame for the retention crisis.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 15 June, 2021

Army removes World War Two-era artillery shell found in north Dublin city centre
# Dublin
# Dublin

Army removes World War Two-era artillery shell found in north Dublin city centre

Updated Jun 15th 2021, 8:25 PM 44,250 Views 19 Comments

Nottingham Street was sealed off earlier while the shell was removed.

# defence-forces - 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 33,610 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.

# defence-forces - Friday 7 May, 2021

Former Defence Forces member Lisa Smith wins appeal against UK entry ban
# Lisa Smith
# Lisa Smith

Former Defence Forces member Lisa Smith wins appeal against UK entry ban

May 7th 2021, 1:57 PM 23,629 Views 0 Comments

Smith, who is due to stand trial next year, wanted to be able to cross the border into Northern Ireland.

# defence-forces - Saturday 3 April, 2021

'Soldiers come home with addiction problems and PTSD, but there's no real support'
# Veterans
# Veterans

'Soldiers come home with addiction problems and PTSD, but there's no real support'

Apr 3rd 2021, 8:00 PM 29,058 Views 22 Comments

More needs to be done to help veterans who previously served in the Defence Forces, the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel has said.

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