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# Defence

30th May 2023
# Defence committee
Flanagan: TDs 'frustrated' by slow pace of Irish defence action plan implementation
The comments were made during a hearing with Julie Sinnamon, chair of an independent oversight group tasked with overseeing change management.
Last month
May 2023
# National Security
'No need' for Coveney to correct Dáil record on RAF deal but Tánaiste giving issue 'ongoing reflection'
Previously Simon Coveney, as then Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs, denied there was a deal.
This year
# Operation Irini
LÉ William Butler Yeats to be sent to Mediterranean as part of arms embargo on Libya
Opposition TDs had raised ethical concerns about the mission’s work with the Libyan Coast Guard.
# Defence
Turkey becomes final Nato country to ratify Finland joining alliance
Finland – and Sweden – had been blocked from the alliance by Turkey and Hungary.
# Washington DC
Tánaiste: Ireland needs to change military culture to attract recruits to Defence Forces
Micheál Martin was in Washington for meeting with US politicians and for briefings at the White House.
# Defence
Try-saving tackles and rib-ticklers with Ireland centre Garry Ringrose
The 28-year-old had some big moments in defence against Wales last weekend.
# Defence
Govt plans to review 'Triple Lock' system and how foreign missions for Ranger Wing are approved
The issue of deploying the Army Ranger Wing to protect a diplomatic mission in Kyiv is seen an example why the legislation change is needed.
# Defence
Former Liverpool defender Lovren rejects accusations of fascism
A controversial video appeared after Croatia eliminated Brazil on penalties in the quarter-finals in Qatar.
Last year
# 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
Ireland to step up security around offshore pipelines after Nord Stream blasts
Simon Coveney said there will be an increase in patrols by the Naval Service and Air Corps.
# Annual Report
Defence Forces units train with NATO and EU partners but retention concerns continue
The Department of Defence and Defence Forces annual report was launched this week.
# Defence spending
Pay increases and funding boost for radar sought as part of €8 billion defence proposals
A decision on the Commission on the Defence Forces will be brought to Cabinet today.
# Defence
Nato hails 'historic day' as membership process for Sweden and Finland launched
Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said it is the fastest accession process in the alliance’s history.
# Commission on Defence
Row between two government departments over cost of ramping up Ireland's Defence spending
Simon Coveney was due to deliver an action plan on defence to Cabinet in June.
# War
Nato leaders denounce Russia's 'appalling cruelty' in Ukraine as Moscow threatens Norway
The dispute comes as Russia’s war in Ukraine takes centre stage at a Nato summit in Madrid.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been invited to participate and will speak twice via videolink.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will urge his NATO allies to boost their defence spending in response to Russia's invasion.
Zelenskyy presses G7 for more help as Kyiv reels from Russian strikes - NATO increases strength
Zelenskyy urges G7 summit leaders to help end war before 2023
# Podcast
The Explainer: What's the future of EU defence - and how does Ireland play a role?
On this week’s episode, former army officer Tom Clonan talks to Michelle Hennessy about how the European Union’s defence strategy is evolving.
# Defence
‘Thrown under the bus’ – Max Verstappen criticises FIA over Michael Masi sacking
Australian Masi was removed as Formula One’s race director last week in the wake of the controversial end to the 2021 title race.
# Irish Abroad
Ex-Munster man Flannery handed permanent contract at Harlequins
The former Ireland hooker joined the Premiership club in 2020.
# Analysis
What will next week's Russian manoeuvres off Ireland look like and what's the overall strategy?
Security expert Declan Power equates the Russian exercise to a burglar testing the windows of a house.
# Defence
Women of Honour Group to meet Taoiseach after Defence meeting walk out
The women of Honour group have been campaigning for a full review of how the Defence Forces handled their complaints.
# Defence Forces
Women of Honour group slams 'pointless' review into Defence Forces sexual misconduct allegations
The Women of Honour group walked out of a meeting with Simon Coveney today and said it would not be participating.
All time
# Analysis
Lowe's tackle, Ringrose and Conway's save, and Gibson-Park's rescues
Some of Ireland’s big defensive plays against the All Blacks will live long in the memory.
# Defence
'It derails your focus from football' - Cavanagh says Tyrone are right to decline Covid questions
The Red Hand refused to entertain any questions about their Covid situation at their All-Ireland final media event.
# Defence
US outlast Spain to make Olympic basketball semis
The three-time defending champions will now face either Australia or Argentina to decide who plays the final on Saturday.
# experience
Two-time tourist Furlong set for big Lions impact as Aki makes presence felt
The Wexford man was a Test starter last time around in 2017.
# Defence
Hungarian prime minister 'agrees' with fans booing Irish footballers taking a knee
‘If you are a guest in a country, then understand its culture, and don’t provoke the locals or the host.’
# Defence
Shaw vows to help fan who allegedly faces Old Trafford ban for throwing scarf at him
The England international reached out to the fan who was reputedly thrown out of Old Trafford following the incident.
# Defence
Baxter has Leinster homework done as Exeter prepare to put Champions Cup title on the line
The Chiefs beat Racing in last season’s final to land their first European title.
# Review
Andy Farrell's Ireland show promise but hard work is still ahead
The lineout and scrum were superb during this championship but there’s lots of work to do elsewhere.
# Defence
Contepomi backs James Lowe to respond for Ireland amidst criticism
The Leinster assistant coach acknowledged that Lowe is better known for his attacking qualities.
How Ronan O'Gara has helped turn La Rochelle into Top 14 contenders
The 43-year-old Cork man has had an impact on the French club’s defence and attack.
# Analysis
'Playing like absolute giants' - How Connacht caused an upset against Leinster
Andy Friend’s side defended aggressively and kicked intelligently to pull off their victory in Dublin.
# woes
McFarland defends Ulster form after Ferris questions province's quality
Ulster have had suffered two defeats in the Champions Cup over the past fortnight.
# Under Pressure
Guardiola warns Arsenal not to make ‘big mistake’ by sacking Mikel Arteta
The Gunners tumbled out of the Carabao Cup with a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.
# Under fire
Millwall boss insists supporters are behind eradicating racial discrimination
The club’s fans were heavily criticised for booing players taking the knee before their match against Derby last Saturday.
# Stepper
Hot-stepping Lyttle honing in on rounding out his skillset with Ulster
‘I’m not the biggest so I have to avoid people some way.’
# 13
Analysis: Captaincy adds to Garry Ringrose's ever-growing repertoire
The Leinster man has been excellent in recent weeks and will be key against Saracens.
# Analysis
How Leinster's relentless defence shut Ulster down after a promising start
Leo Cullen’s men retained their Guinness Pro14 title with an excellent defensive performance.
# Analysis
Sexton and Connors set the tone as Leinster's defence smothers Munster
Stuart Lancaster’s charges shut down Munster’s early attempts to get a foothold in the game.
# Online abuse
'It said ‘I hope your kids get coronavirus' and 'I hope they die in a house fire’' - Patrick McClean defends brother James
The Ireland winger was fined two weeks’ wages by his club Stoke City last week for an ill-judged Instagram post.