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# retention crisis

Last month
August 2023
Tánaiste declares Naval Service 'not acceptable' and calls for 'radical' recruitment drive
A report by
Niall O'Connor
The Journal revealed on Wednesday that the Irish Naval Service will have just two ships available to go to sea until the new year.
Irish Naval Service will have just 'two ships full time' to patrol seas for the rest of 2023
The ships available to go to sea will be the LÉ Samuel Beckett and LÉ William Butler Yeats – it is understood a third ship will be on standby.
This year
Irish Navy to use crew from tied-up ship to fill gaps while Ireland partakes in Med mission
The LÉ William Butler Yeats is set to sail to participate in Operation Irini, an EU mission to prevent arms smuggling into war torn Libya.
Garda group calls out failure to recruit gardaí as new intake falls 33% below target for 2023
Statistics released by the Garda Representative Association (GRA) show just 154 recruits entered Templemore yesterday in the latest intake, far short of the 225 target.
Filling the ever increasing gaps - inside the Defence Forces retention crisis
The PDFORRA conference is taking place in Trim, Co Meath.
Garda body says members are resigning from the force because of 'bullying and workplace stress'
The Garda Representative Association is meeting in Mayo over the coming days for the annual delegate conference.
Last year
'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.
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.
'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.
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
Naval Service staffing crisis deepens as critical engineers leave for better pay on cruise ships
The Naval Service has fallen to 840 personnel as more signal they wish to leave in the coming months.
Loss of skilled Defence Forces staff due to poor pay 'has left Ireland vulnerable'
Commandant Conor King has written a detailed academic paper which analyses the retention crisis in the Defence Forces.
All time
Pop up recruitment centre in Dublin tomorrow for Naval Service to find 200 recruits so ships can go to sea
Minister Coveney has admitted that the Naval Service urgently needs 200 new sailors so that ships can sail from their Cork base.
'Since I got the letter, it's just silence': Citizenship delays now a 'disincentive' for doctors to stay in Ireland
One doctor described the stress of applying for citizenship and work permits, and the toll it has taken on his personal life.
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.
Call to restore pre-crash allowances to 'stop members of Defence Forces leaving in droves'
There were 256 discharges in the first four months of 2019.