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#Defence Forces

# defence-forces - Sunday 27 September, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# defence-forces - Thursday 21 May, 2020

# defence-forces - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

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

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

Smith was arrested at Dublin Airport in November.

# defence-forces - Sunday 5 April, 2020

Irish troops return home after six month deployment in Syria

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

# defence-forces - Thursday 26 March, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Divers recover body in search for missing Wexford fisherman

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'

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

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

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

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

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

Tusla involved in welfare plans for Lisa Smith's child, Taoiseach says

The former Defence Forces member who was married to an Islamic State fighter is due back in Ireland

# defence-forces - Thursday 28 November, 2019

Return of Lisa Smith at a 'very, very sensitive time', says Kehoe

Smith will undergo a security assessment when she returns to Ireland, it was reported earlier this month.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 26 November, 2019

Lisa Smith is expected back in Ireland by the end of this week

Smith will undergo a security assessment when she returns to Ireland, it was reported earlier this month.

# defence-forces - Saturday 16 November, 2019

Irish Naval Service detains Spanish boat off Valentia Island for alleged fishing law breaches

It’s the 12th such vessel detained by the Naval Service so far this year.

# defence-forces - Monday 11 November, 2019

Lisa Smith expected back in Ireland as Turkey prepares to deport over 20 'foreign jihadists'

Lisa Smith and her child are currently in Turkey.

# defence-forces - Monday 4 November, 2019

Tánaiste hopeful for breakthrough in Lisa Smith case 'within a few weeks'

Simon Coveney has said his primary concern is for Smith’s two-year-old daughter.

# defence-forces - Sunday 3 November, 2019

Defence Forces deployed on mission to bring Lisa Smith back to Ireland

Sources have confirmed to that plans are in place to bring Smith home from the warzone.

# defence-forces - Thursday 10 October, 2019

Five suspected pipe bombs made safe after buildings evacuated in Offaly

A number of buildings in Edenderry were evacuated last night.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Higgins says he wasn't elected to 'just read speeches he has been handed'

The president said recent comments he made about Defence Forces pay are “very much within the Constitution”.

# defence-forces - Tuesday 24 September, 2019

'I either have to leave the Defence Forces or stay and be homeless with my pregnant wife'

Officers today called for the provision of quarters for married couples or the introduction of a rent allowance to assist them.

Defence Forces Chief: 'Some great people are making the choice to leave the organisation'

Mark Mellett said he believes the organisation’s challenges will get worse before they get better.

# defence-forces - Monday 23 September, 2019

Defence Forces officers vote to accept €10m allowance proposals

The government has said the changes would make Irish military careers more attractive.

# defence-forces - Thursday 12 September, 2019

'I think it's quite unusual': Ministers respond to President Higgins' Defence Forces pay speech

As president, Higgins is the supreme commander of the Defence Forces.

# defence-forces - Wednesday 11 September, 2019

President Michael D Higgins offers support to Defence Force staff over pay Pay

President Michael D Higgins offers support to Defence Force staff over pay

Higgins was speaking at an event celebrating members of the Defence Forces.

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