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#Defence Forces

# 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 33,468 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 23,520 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 28,651 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.

# defence-forces - Friday 2 April, 2021

Two women arrested after refusing to go to quarantine hotel after returning from Dubai
# International Travel
# International Travel

Two women arrested after refusing to go to quarantine hotel after returning from Dubai

Apr 2nd 2021, 7:43 PM 107,901 Views 0 Comments

The women are due in court tomorrow morning.

# defence-forces - Saturday 13 March, 2021

Viable device made safe and removed by army bomb squad in Dublin this afternoon
# Viable Device
# Viable Device

Viable device made safe and removed by army bomb squad in Dublin this afternoon

Mar 13th 2021, 6:24 PM 62,600 Views 25 Comments

The suspect device was discovered at Botanic Avenue in north Dublin.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 10 March, 2021

'You were sleeping with one eye open': Defence Forces whistleblower revelations lead to more disclosures of sexual assault
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

'You were sleeping with one eye open': Defence Forces whistleblower revelations lead to more disclosures of sexual assault

Mar 10th 2021, 11:57 AM 64,120 Views 0 Comments
  • Both men and women say they were sexually assaulted and harassed by their colleagues in the Defence Forces
  • One man says people who reported sexual assault were laughed at and called names
  • Former members claim a culture that ignores sexual assault has developed within the organisation

# defence-forces - Monday 1 March, 2021

Coveney urges anyone with information on alleged abuse in the Curragh to contact gardaí
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Coveney urges anyone with information on alleged abuse in the Curragh to contact gardaí

Mar 1st 2021, 7:32 PM 106,165 Views 0 Comments

A whistleblower says a number of people have contacted him about incidents of alleged sexual abuse and assault.

Covid-19 testing centre at Aviva Stadium stood down by Defence Forces
# Testing Centre
# Testing Centre

Covid-19 testing centre at Aviva Stadium stood down by Defence Forces

Mar 1st 2021, 11:50 AM 44,654 Views 12 Comments

The Defence Forces said their focus is now switching to support mass vaccination sites and the national quarantine programme.

# 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 50,941 Views 92 Comments

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

# defence-forces - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

Man convicted of murder of two Irish soldiers in Lebanon in 1980
# Beirut
# Beirut

Man convicted of murder of two Irish soldiers in Lebanon in 1980

Dec 22nd 2020, 7:27 AM 30,659 Views 10 Comments

Private Thomas Barrett and Private Derek Smallhorne were killed while on a peacekeeping mission over 40 years ago.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 15 December, 2020

Cabinet approves setting up Defence Forces Commission to examine issues like recruitment and pay
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Cabinet approves setting up Defence Forces Commission to examine issues like recruitment and pay

Dec 15th 2020, 6:08 PM 12,513 Views 13 Comments

“This is about modernising Irish Defence infrastructure and making sure that it’s fit for purpose,” Defence Minister Simon Coveney said.

# defence-forces - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Debunked: No, the Army is not going to chip children in schools so they can monitor them
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, the Army is not going to chip children in schools so they can monitor them

Nov 12th 2020, 12:11 PM 16,128 Views 0 Comments

The incorrect claim is being widely shared on social media.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

Irish Captain: 'Local mayors have to hold talks with a woman - that wouldn’t have happened a few years ago'
# South Lebanon
# South Lebanon

Irish Captain: 'Local mayors have to hold talks with a woman - that wouldn’t have happened a few years ago'

Nov 10th 2020, 7:30 PM 36,095 Views 4 Comments

The United Nations’ Women Peace and Security agenda is 20 years old. What has it accomplished?

# defence-forces - Monday 19 October, 2020

French fishing vessel detained by Naval Service off Cork coast
# Lé William Butler Yeats
# Lé William Butler Yeats

French fishing vessel detained by Naval Service off Cork coast

Oct 19th 2020, 8:37 PM 46,305 Views 26 Comments

The detention was made approximately 45 nautical miles south-west of Mizen Head.

# defence-forces - Sunday 27 September, 2020

Tom Clonan: Our Defence Forces are effectively on life-support
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Tom Clonan: Our Defence Forces are effectively on life-support

Sep 27th 2020, 7:30 AM 53,204 Views 54 Comments

Tom Clonan says the government’s new Commission on the Future of the Defence Forces must not delay in tackling the many crises faced in the forces of this country.

# defence-forces - Thursday 10 September, 2020

Viable device made safe and removed by army bomb squad in Dublin this morning
# Drimnagh
# Drimnagh

Viable device made safe and removed by army bomb squad in Dublin this morning

Sep 10th 2020, 6:11 PM 26,896 Views 10 Comments

The suspicious device was found in Drimnagh.

# defence-forces - Monday 31 August, 2020

Former Defence Forces member Lisa Smith returned for trial at Special Criminal Court
# Lisa Smith
# Lisa Smith

Former Defence Forces member Lisa Smith returned for trial at Special Criminal Court

Aug 31st 2020, 11:44 AM 17,474 Views 0 Comments

Smith is accused of membership of the terror group Islamic State.

# defence-forces - Saturday 15 August, 2020

Defence Forces attempted to track down mystery male responsible for infamous viral WhatsApp voicenote
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Defence Forces attempted to track down mystery male responsible for infamous viral WhatsApp voicenote

Aug 15th 2020, 12:02 AM 52,081 Views 15 Comments

The clip claimed that the army was to start patrolling the streets.

# defence-forces - Friday 17 July, 2020

Another delay in the case of former Defence Forces member Lisa Smith
# Lisa Smith
# Lisa Smith

Another delay in the case of former Defence Forces member Lisa Smith

Jul 17th 2020, 4:53 PM 21,565 Views 0 Comments

The 38-year-old former Irish defence forces member was due to return to Dublin District Court today.

# defence-forces - Thursday 2 July, 2020

Army bomb squad called to Harold's Cross after historical artillery shell found
# Dublin
# Dublin

Army bomb squad called to Harold's Cross after historical artillery shell found

Jul 2nd 2020, 4:01 PM 24,790 Views 12 Comments

Gardaí received reports of a suspect device located at a property near Harold’s Cross Road this afternoon.

# defence-forces - Monday 22 June, 2020

Over 100 peacekeeping troops arrive home from Lebanon after Covid-19 delay
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Over 100 peacekeeping troops arrive home from Lebanon after Covid-19 delay

Jun 22nd 2020, 10:41 AM 15,195 Views 4 Comments

Minister Paul Kehoe has thanked them for their service.

# defence-forces - Friday 22 May, 2020

Irish troops in Lebanon to return home at the end of next month after Covid-19 delay
# Coming Home
# Coming Home

Irish troops in Lebanon to return home at the end of next month after Covid-19 delay

May 22nd 2020, 11:22 AM 12,995 Views 12 Comments

Upon arrival in Ireland, personnel will be required to spend 14 days in self-isolation.

# defence-forces - Thursday 21 May, 2020

Investigation begins after door falls from Air Corps helicopter and lands on Dublin school grounds
# Air Corps
# Air Corps

Investigation begins after door falls from Air Corps helicopter and lands on Dublin school grounds

May 21st 2020, 8:24 PM 89,217 Views 101 Comments

The incident happened just before 6pm today.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

War of Independence mills grenade made safe after being found in Dublin canal
# Clanbrassil Street
# Clanbrassil Street

War of Independence mills grenade made safe after being found in Dublin canal

Updated May 13th 2020, 10:23 PM 57,087 Views 26 Comments

The Army Bomb Disposal Unit was called to the scene.

# defence-forces - Friday 17 April, 2020

The case of former Defence Forces member Lisa Smith has been adjourned for three months
# Adjourned
# Adjourned

The case of former Defence Forces member Lisa Smith has been adjourned for three months

Apr 17th 2020, 12:35 PM 16,235 Views 0 Comments

Smith was arrested at Dublin Airport in November.

# defence-forces - Sunday 5 April, 2020

Irish troops return home after six month deployment in Syria
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Irish troops return home after six month deployment in Syria

Apr 5th 2020, 1:27 PM 33,756 Views 26 Comments

The troops will be self-isolating for 14 days in line with HSE guidelines.

# defence-forces - Thursday 26 March, 2020

'Everyone has been told to get a bag ready' - Shels defender on stand-by to be deployed by the Army
# Ready And Waiting
From The42
# Ready And Waiting

'Everyone has been told to get a bag ready' - Shels defender on stand-by to be deployed by the Army

Mar 26th 2020, 9:40 PM 47,355 Views 4 Comments

Aidan Friel is a member of the Irish Defence Forces while also playing League of Ireland football.

# defence-forces - Sunday 22 March, 2020

About 40,000 people in Ireland waiting for Covid-19 test, all told to self-isolate while they wait
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

About 40,000 people in Ireland waiting for Covid-19 test, all told to self-isolate while they wait

Updated Mar 22nd 2020, 12:54 PM 76,511 Views 125 Comments

HSE officials said the wait time is typically four to five days.

# defence-forces - Saturday 21 March, 2020

Debunked: No, the 'lockdown' isn't here - that's the Defence Forces setting up a testing site on Dublin's quays
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, the 'lockdown' isn't here - that's the Defence Forces setting up a testing site on Dublin's quays

Mar 21st 2020, 8:30 PM 140,202 Views 121 Comments

A Facebook post said the army was “setting up camp” on the quays.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 18 March, 2020

Debunked: Despite what those WhatsApp messages predicted, the country has not gone into lockdown in the past two days
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: Despite what those WhatsApp messages predicted, the country has not gone into lockdown in the past two days

Mar 18th 2020, 10:30 PM 51,209 Views 39 Comments

The Defence Forces have been very busy – but they’re not patrolling the streets.

# defence-forces - Friday 13 March, 2020

80 Defence Forces cadets are being trained in Covid-19 contact tracing
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

80 Defence Forces cadets are being trained in Covid-19 contact tracing

Mar 13th 2020, 6:56 PM 33,418 Views 29 Comments

20 cadets will be starting the role from today.

# defence-forces - Thursday 12 March, 2020

Taoiseach says Defence Forces members 'stand ready' to support civil authorities if necessary
# Standby
# Standby

Taoiseach says Defence Forces members 'stand ready' to support civil authorities if necessary

Updated Mar 12th 2020, 7:41 PM 113,195 Views 84 Comments

Members have been told to be prepared to provide assistance to civil authorities.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Three Irish soldiers injured in Mali after device explodes near convoy
# MINUSMA
# MINUSMA

Three Irish soldiers injured in Mali after device explodes near convoy

Feb 25th 2020, 6:18 PM 25,727 Views 28 Comments

The soldiers were injured around 900km north-east of the capital Bamako.

# defence-forces - Friday 24 January, 2020

Pair make history as first ever mother-daughter duo to serve with the Defence Forces
# In The Family
# In The Family

Pair make history as first ever mother-daughter duo to serve with the Defence Forces

Jan 24th 2020, 7:00 PM 57,372 Views 62 Comments

Private Sarah Fitzsimons celebrated her passing out parade today with her mother Sergeant Sandra Murphy.

Divers recover body in search for missing Wexford fisherman
# Willie Whelan
# Willie Whelan

Divers recover body in search for missing Wexford fisherman

Jan 24th 2020, 3:00 PM 16,582 Views 4 Comments

The recovery operation began at 10am today.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 21 January, 2020

Ireland's LÉ Róisín to undergo €250,000 facelift as equipment becomes 'obsolete'
# Naval Vessel
# Naval Vessel

Ireland's LÉ Róisín to undergo €250,000 facelift as equipment becomes 'obsolete'

Jan 21st 2020, 6:15 AM 19,881 Views 45 Comments

The naval vessel was built in Appledore Shipyards in the UK and entered service in 1999.

# defence-forces - Monday 30 December, 2019

More than 2,500 Defence Forces personnel deployed for Trump and Pence visits
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

More than 2,500 Defence Forces personnel deployed for Trump and Pence visits

Dec 30th 2019, 9:28 PM 20,665 Views 67 Comments

The end-of-year summary of defence and security operations in 2019 has been published.

# defence-forces - Thursday 19 December, 2019

'Don't have too much fun without us': Christmas messages from Irish soldiers working abroad
# Merry Christmas
# Merry Christmas

'Don't have too much fun without us': Christmas messages from Irish soldiers working abroad

Dec 19th 2019, 9:40 PM 19,832 Views 38 Comments

Members of the Defence Forces have submitted their Christmas messages to loved ones.

Defence Forces finally fill psychiatrist role after nearly two-year long vacancy
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

Defence Forces finally fill psychiatrist role after nearly two-year long vacancy

Dec 19th 2019, 6:00 AM 9,746 Views 4 Comments

Minister Paul Kehoe changed standard policy so a civilian psychiatrist could apply for the job.

# defence-forces - Friday 29 November, 2019

Lisa Smith and her daughter expected to return to Ireland this weekend
# Turkey
# Turkey

Lisa Smith and her daughter expected to return to Ireland this weekend

Nov 29th 2019, 7:55 PM 23,510 Views 14 Comments

Depending on how quickly her case is processed by Turkish officials, she could land back in Ireland as soon as tomorrow.

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