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#Defence 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 30,289 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 12,212 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 15,628 Views 1 Comment

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 35,907 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 46,244 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 52,760 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 26,827 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 17,435 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 51,924 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 21,526 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 24,745 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 15,183 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 12,946 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 89,176 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 57,066 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 16,224 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 33,490 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 47,322 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 76,460 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 140,077 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 50,999 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 33,370 Views 28 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 113,071 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 25,710 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 57,293 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 16,559 Views 5 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 19,535 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 20,660 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 19,817 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 9,706 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 23,491 Views 14 Comments

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
# Lisa Smith
# Lisa Smith

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

Nov 29th 2019, 4:02 PM 22,007 Views 94 Comments

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
# Repatriated
# Repatriated

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

Nov 28th 2019, 5:35 PM 27,809 Views 111 Comments

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
# Repatriated
# Repatriated

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

Nov 26th 2019, 8:28 PM 50,802 Views 144 Comments

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
# Lé William Butler Yeats
# Lé William Butler Yeats

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

Nov 16th 2019, 6:45 PM 17,213 Views 16 Comments

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
# Lisa Smith

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

Updated Nov 11th 2019, 6:26 PM 38,139 Views 141 Comments

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'
# Turkey
# Turkey

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

Nov 4th 2019, 12:40 PM 20,038 Views 143 Comments

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
# Operation
# Operation

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

Nov 3rd 2019, 1:01 PM 62,711 Views 207 Comments

Sources have confirmed to TheJournal.ie 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
# Edenderry
# Edenderry

Five suspected pipe bombs made safe after buildings evacuated in Offaly

Oct 10th 2019, 10:55 AM 21,467 Views 18 Comments

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'
# Defence Forces
# Defence Forces

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

Sep 25th 2019, 7:31 AM 21,518 Views 34 Comments

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

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