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# Irish Defence Forces

Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# troops abroad
Lebanon troops on what the military needs: 'Pay could be better - we're months away from home'
The coming week marks the first anniversary of the Commission on the Defences Forces report.
# Government Jet
State looking to buy a new ten-seater Government jet that can travel long-haul
Micheál Martin says there has been ‘serious issues’ with the current Learjet.
# Karina Molloy
Former soldier who suffered alleged abuse criticises Government and military leaders
Karina Molloy turned whistleblower on sexual abuse after a 30-year career in the Irish Defence Forces.
Last month
January 2023
# 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.
# 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 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.
# airlift
New €50m cargo aircraft will enable international troop transport and rescue missions abroad
Multiple sources have said that the deposit was paid on 23 December by the Department of Defence and the final cost could be in the region of €50 million.
Last year
2022
# Sean Rooney
Funeral honours 'national hero' and 'kind and loving' Private Seán Rooney in Dundalk
Seán’s funeral took place in Dundalk this morning before a burial service in Donegal later today.
# Lebanon
Irish military police to travel to Lebanon as three investigations get underway into fatal attack
Private Shane Kearney remains critical, his condition is unchanged.
The repatriation of the body of Private Seán Rooney has not yet been finalised.
Private Shane Kearney remains critical, his condition is unchanged.
Three investigations are underway, each by Irish, UN, and Lebanese officials.
What is known so far about the death of Irish peacekeeper Seán Rooney in Lebanon
Irish soldier killed in Lebanon after convoy vehicles were separated during routine patrol
# strategic risk
Irish Army captain: dangers of live fire exercise an increased risk due to staffing shortfalls
Capt Karl Muckian said that such is the shortfall that the issue should be added to the strategic risk register.
# 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.
# transformation
Defence department hiring civilian for €151k role to spearhead new change plan
The role will support the Chief of Staff directly and ‘drive, support, advise and enable the future transformation’ of the Defence Forces.
# exchanging fire
PBP writes to Ceann Comhairle as Taoiseach defends 'Puppets for Putin' remark
The Taoiseach was asked to explain ‘what was going on’ when NATO visited Cork
# Adriaan Palm
EU countries looking to persuade Irish navy to move contracts away from UK
Three Dutch naval vessels paid a courtesy visit to Cork harbour last weekend.
# RACO conference
'Existential crisis' in Defence as officers' group declare recruitment target unachievable
The Representative Association of Commissioned Officers (RACO) are in Naas, Co Kildare for their annual conference.
# raco
Irish military officer group declares Defence Forces 'moving in wrong direction'
RACO will host Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and military top brass in Naas.
# guns and gorse
Five mile sniper: On the hills of north Cork with Irish troops and NATO evaluators
The evaluation of Irish artillery is part of a European wide NATO military effort to make all armies capable of working together.
# Paddyflage
Military Police launch 'review' into sale of Irish army uniforms on US website
Sources have said that concerns are that uniforms could fall into the hands of Dissident Republicans and criminals.
# Irish Defence Forces
Government announces "interim arrangement" to prevent forced retirement of Sergeants
Last week The Journal revealed that a measure to increase the fitness of serving members in the 1990s saw contracts introduced forcing members to go prematurely.
# Irish Defence Forces
'Ludicrous': Govt departments at loggerheads as date for forced retirement of sergeants looms
The rule means that Sergeants who have joined on post-1994 contracts must resign when they reach the age of 50.
# Sabotage
Major operation launched in Irish Sea to protect subsea cables from attacks
It is understood that the mission was ordered after the attacks on the Nordsteam pipelines caused significant disquiet in Government.
THE MORNING LEAD
Coveney: 'No arms industry' but Ireland should explore military trade opportunities
A report by
Niall O'Connor
The event, entitled “Building the ecosystem, Identifying connections for collaborations in security, defence and dual-use technologies”, was held in the Aviva Stadium.
# primary defence
New radar project to track jets and drones across Irish airspace could cost €300 million
The radar systems would be able to detect jets and drones at a range of altitutes.
# Italy
Operation Irini: With Irish forces inside a mission to end arms smuggling to Libya
Our first article in a two part series on the work of the Irish Defence Forces in dealing with arms smuggling in Libya.
# UNIFIL
Investigation as civilian motorcyclist killed in Lebanon collision with Irish military vehicle
The incident happened in south Lebanon where the troops are based.
THE MORNING LEAD
Some Irish soldiers 'refused entry to US after peacekeeping duties'
A report by
Niall O'Connor
The issue has been raised with the US authorities by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
# 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 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
# Fianóglach
Ireland's special forces: Inside an Irish Army Ranger Wing maritime mission in the Irish Sea
The Journal was granted unprecedented access to the Martime Task Unit of the Irish Army Ranger Wing.
The Journal has been granted unprecedented access to the Army Ranger Wing's Maritime Task Unit.
Defence spending boost confirmed but doubt cast over several key reform proposals
Pictures: On an anti-terror exercise with Ireland's special forces
# Sean Clancy
Military chief on Defence Forces overhaul: 'It's a marathon - not a sprint'
Lietenant General Sean Clancy was speaking following the publication of the Commission on the Defence Forces Action Plan.
# New Plan
Defence spending boost confirmed but doubt cast over several key reform proposals
A new high level action plan on the Defence Forces has been launched this morning.
# jet
The Government has been advised to hire private jets to replace its ailing Learjet
Aviation consultancy Altea has recommended the leasing of private aircraft.
# Orla Ciara Eithne
The Naval Service is retiring three ships next week - and one might become a floating museum
The vessels, the LÉ Eithne, LÉ Orla and LÉ Ciara have all reached the end of their service life.
# Mali
Sinn Féin TD accused of 'slur' against Irish Defence Forces' training work in Mali
The exchange between Simon Coveney and Deputy John Brady happened during a Defence and Foreign Affairs committee on peace keeping.
# Cork
Gardaí and bomb disposal experts find suspected online purchased 'explosives' at Cork house
Gardai have sealed off the house on College Road, Cork.
# Ukraine
Irish soldiers could train Ukrainian troops to make Russian minefields safe, minister says
Simon Coveney said that Ukraine had asked for demining training from Ireland.
# Christine Whitecross
Former head of military abuse team: 'You just need to get rid of the dinosaurs'
Christine Whitecross is a retired Lieutenant General who led the Canadian Forces strategic response team on sexual misconduct.
# Peace missions
Government renews approval for Irish peacekeeping missions in Syria and Kosovo
Irish troops are based in the Golan Heights and the Kosovar capital Pristina in UN mandated operations.
# military transport
Documents reveal high level discussions in Defence around heavy lift transport aircraft
Ireland’s lack of large military transport aircraft was highlighted in the wake of last year’s Kabul mission.
# Mark Mellett
Former Defence chief: First salvos of Ukraine war fired here as Russia exposed Ireland
Mark Mellett, the former Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, launched a stinging attack on Irish defence capacity.