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# Defence Forces

This week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Lebanon
Tánaiste promises to ensure Women Of Honour report recommendations 'are fulfilled'
The Women of Honour report is due go to the minister within the next week to ten days.
# Defence Forces
'He was a gentleman': Seán Rooney's friends remember him as Tánaiste visits troops in Lebanon
Micheál Martin has travelled to Lebanon to place a wreath in memory of Private Rooney and others who have died while on duty.
# Micheál Martin
Tánaiste to convey his sympathies to Irish troops on the loss Seán Rooney during Lebanon visit
The Tánaiste will visit Irish troops on Thursday.
# Defence Forces
Weathering the storm: Chief of Staff Sean Clancy on a tumultuous year in defence
Clancy sat down with The Journal recently to discuss his time so far in the top job, and the challenges ahead.
Last week
15th January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Defence Forces
'I was dying, now I'm living': Veterans who faced homelessness reflect on year living together
ONE is calling on the Government to commission research on issues facing veterans as increasing levels of homelessness are being reported at grass roots.
This month
January 2023
# Defence Forces
Trooper Shane Kearney no longer in critical condition after Lebanon attack
Trooper Kearney suffered a head injury in the shooting that killed fellow soldier Private Sean Rooney on 14 December.
# Defence Forces
Chief of Staff: Full employment in Ireland 'major stumbling block' to solving retention crisis
The ‘job for life’ outlook of his generation is gone, Lt General Seán Clancy conceded.
Last month
December 2022
# Peacekeeping
No immediate plans for Taoiseach to visit Lebanon following deadly attack on Irish peacekeepers
Leo Varadkar said that he hoped to fit in a visit “sometime next year”.
# Sean Rooney
Dundalk grapples with the death of a young soldier that has 'pierced its heart'
The town of Dundalk was stilled by grief on Thursday morning.
# Lebanon
Trooper Shane Kearney, who was critically injured in Lebanon, has safely arrived in Ireland
Trooper Shane Kearney was critically injured in the attack which claimed the life of Private Seán Rooney.
# private Sean rooney
Funeral of Private Seán Rooney to take place on Thursday
An Air Corps plane carrying the deceased peacekeeper landed in Dublin this morning.
# Sean Rooney
Body of Private Seán Rooney arriving home tomorrow morning
The body of the deceased peacekeeper will be reunited with his family tomorrow.
# Lebanon
Two soldiers who received minor injuries in Lebanon convoy attack discharged from hospital
Private Seán Rooney was killed in the attack and Trooper Shane Kearney was critically injured.
# Investigation
What is known so far about the death of Irish peacekeeper Seán Rooney in Lebanon
An investigation into the incident, which occurred during a routine patrol, is underway.
# Lebanon
Irish soldier killed in Lebanon after convoy vehicles were separated during routine patrol
Private Seán Rooney was named as the soldier who lost his life, while 22-year-old Shane Kearney was seriously injured.
# Defence Forces
'He was due back before Christmas': Tributes paid at the loss of Private Seán Rooney
A former teacher recalled the 23 year old as having a clear passion for joining the Irish army from during his school days.
# Lebanon
Dáil observes a minute's silence for Irish soldier Seán Rooney
TDs expressed their condolences to the family of Seán Rooney.
# Donal de Roiste
Former army lieutenant Dónal de Róiste welcomes apology for 'flawed and unfair' dismissal
A review has found that his dismissal more than 50 years ago ‘was made on foot of a fundamentally flawed and unfair process’.
# Defence Forces
Warning that lack of specialist doctors tending Irish soldiers could result in missed diagnoses
Dr Paddy Kelly has warned of chronic under-resourcing of military medicine in Ireland.
Last year
2022
# triple lock
Change to triple-lock mechanism 'sensible' due to changed global situation, says Coveney
A motion at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis is calling for a the triple-lock to be turned into a double-lock.
# Bomb Disposal
WWII-era explosive device in Wexford defused by Defence Forces
A fisherman accidentally brought the device onto land, according to South East Radio.
# Defence Forces
Inside Operation Irini: Smugglers, social media clues and the high seas search for illegal arms
In our second piece on Operation Irini, Niall O’Connor examines the broader strategy of the EU mission.
# refugee crisis
Ukrainian refugees set to be accommodated in five army barracks
Modular housing is set to be built on defence force sites, it is understood.
Buildings on Defence Force sites are set to be repurposed to house refugees in what is described as 'dormitory style' accommodation.
Lands on the five sites have also been offered to the Office of Public Works (OPW) for modular builds.
Over the course of the weekend, 53 people refugees could not be accommodated – 44 Ukrainian, and 9 International protection applicants.
Govt plans to double payment for Ukrainian hosts to €800 in response to accommodation crisis
# 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.
# Defence Forces
Ex IBM manager: Pay, political neglect and public indifference all to blame for cyber failings
Paul Farrell retired as IBM Ireland’s General Manager last year but also was an officer in the Irish Defence Forces
# Oireachtas
Coveney tells committee that new Defence Forces funding will be 'about people'
“I don’t believe that it’s possible to deliver something more ambitious,” Coveney said this evening.
# airport chaos
Members of Defence Forces concerned about Cabinet approval of army standby for Dublin Airport
The president of PDForra pointed out that the Defence Forces are already short-staffed and this will increase pressure on members at barracks.
# cyber threat
A year on: Inside the Defence Forces response against the HSE ransomware hack
We speak to an officer in the Irish Defence Forces’ Communications Information Services Corps about the HSE attack and future threats.
# refugee crisis
Defence Forces spend over €110,000 outside procurement process in response to Ukrainian refugee crisis
Defence Minister Simon Coveney detailed 16 contracts made outside of standard procurement rules.
# Army ranger Wing
Security dispute after ERU Gardaí used instead of Army Rangers for Coveney visit to Ukraine
The Foreign Affairs Minister travelled to Kyiv yesterday protected by armed gardaí from the Emergency Response Unit.
# ukrainian refugees
Tent camp, warehouses, arenas and Citywest hotel may house refugees by Easter
Warehouses and other vacant properties might also be used to house people arriving here from Ukraine in the coming days.
# In the Navy
Government purchases two ships for naval service from New Zealand
The procurement of the two vessels is part of the “regeneration” of Ireland’s Naval Service.
# Defence Forces
Independent review into Defence Forces allegations now accepting submissions
The closing date for submissions is April 4.
# Courts
High Court challenge brought over order preventing off-duty soldiers attending protests
An order issued in 2018 said attendance in uniform or civilian clothing at such events “is not compatible with military service”.
# Neutrality
TD calls for Ireland to provide anti-tank weapons to Ukraine
Cathal Berry argued that the public mood has “utterly changed” in the past 48 hours.
# Yuriy Filatov
Ambassador says report on Defence Forces portrays Russia as 'bogeyman'
The Russian ambassador said the Commission on the Defence Forces tried to create a “notion of a threat” to Ireland from Russia.
# Military
Report detailing military weaknesses sends clear and 'blunt' message to govt - Coveney
A new report calls for major increases in Government spending on the Defence Forces.
# Commission
Long-awaited report finds Ireland's Defence Forces in need of 'transformational change'
The Minister for Defence said the report proposes “significant changes for the Defence Forces and Defence provision in Ireland”.
# COMMISSION REPORT
Coveney's focus on Defence portfolio brought into question by some after Russia controversy
Questions have been asked as to whether Coveney is stretched too thin being in charge of the DFA and Defence.
# Defence Forces
Defence Commission to recommend major changes including larger navy and more cyber specialists
The Commission on the Defence Forces report is expected to be published on Wednesday.