Defence & Security

Covid 19/Events

Minister for Defence Notes Progress on Capital Works at Haulbowline Naval Base

The Minister for Defence & Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney T.D., visited Haulbowline Naval Base to see firsthand the progress to date on Block 8 Accommodation Block and the upgrade and…

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COVID 19

Minister for Defence Announces Positive Changes for Soldiers with Post 1994 Contracts

Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, announced positive changes to the terms and conditions for post 1994 soldiers contracts. The Minister welcomed agreement on his proposal for Privates…

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Defence & Security

Irish Troops Return From Lebanon Deployment

The final rotation of over 190 Irish troops from the 118th Infantry Battalion, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) returned home to Dublin Airport following a six-month deployment to South…

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Covid 19/Events

EU Funding for Irish Defence and Security Enterprise and R&D

The Department of the Defence and the Defence Forces hosted a high-level webinar for Irish security and defence enterprises, providing information on EU funding opportunities and engagement in cross-border European…

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COVID 19/World News

Ministerial Review of Sarsfield Barracks in Limerick

Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney T.D., accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Seán Clancy, reviewed the 119th Infantry Battalion, UNIFIL in Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick. Commanded by Lieutenant…

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COVID 19

Appointment of New Defence Forces Deputy Chief of Staff

Major General Adrian Ó Murchú is the Defence Forces Deputy Chief of Staff (Support), having been appointed by the government. In this role he is responsible for personnel, logistics, infrastructure,…

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COVID 19

Minister for Defence Officially Opens O.N.E. Veteran Support Centre and Hostel at Cobh

Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs, officially opened the new Veteran Support Centre and hostel of the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (O.N.E.) in Cobh,…

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COVID 19

Minister Coveney Pledges Women of Honour Issues Will Be Addressed

Minister Coveney pledges to Women of Honour that issues raised will addressed. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence met with participants from the Women of Honour group and with…

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COVID 19

Independent Review into Workplace Issues in the Defence Forces

Óglaigh na hÉireann welcomes and fully supports the announcement made by Minister Simon Coveney recently that an independent review will be established in the Defence Forces to examine current policies…

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COVID 19

Naval Service 75th Anniversary Event

On Wednesday 1st September, the Minister for Defence celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Irish Naval Service in Dublin. Minister Coveney was joined by the Lord Mayor of Dublin City,…

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COVID 19

Special Military Forces Arrive in Afghanistan to Evacuate Irish Citizens

The Government is sending military special forces to Afghanistan to help facilitate the evacuation of remaining Irish citizens. A small group of Army Rangers and two Department of Foreign Affairs…

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Defence & Security

Hostel for Defence Forces Veterans to Open in Cobh

The first hostel for Defence Forces veterans in Munster will be officially opened on September 18 and become home to five ex-servicemen. The €500,000 project in Cobh, Co Cork is…

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Defence & Security

Launch of the Defence Forces Professional Military Education Strategy 2021–2024

Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, T.D., attended the Launch of the Defence Forces Professional Military Education Strategy 2021–2024 at McKee Barracks, Dublin on Wednesday 14th July 2021….

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COVID 19

Appointment of New Chief of Staff to the Defence Forces

The Government this morning has accepted the recommendation of the Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney T.D., to nominate Major General Seán Clancy for appointment by the President as Chief of…

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COVID 19

Ground-Breaking €2.4m SFI-Defence Organisation Innovation Challenge Launched

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, and Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD have announced a new SFI-Defence…

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Defence & Security

Ombudsman for the Defence Forces to Continue in Role for a Further 3 years

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, TD, has announced that the current Ombudsman for the Defence Forces, Mr. Alan Mahon, is to continue in his role for…

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Defence & Security

Shaped by Limerick – a new city centre exhibition opens showcasing Limerick’s edge and embrace

A new outdoor photography exhibition is being unveiled in the heart of Limerick city today (Thursday), showcasing the lives of 10 of its citizens, entitled Shaped by Limerick. ‘Shaped by Limerick’ is a project that…

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Defence & Security

Minister officially opens Clare Civil Defence headquarters

Pictured above; Minister Coveney is Cllr Mary Howard, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, and Pat Dowling, Chief Executive, Clare County Council.  The new Clare Civil Defence headquarters was officially opened…

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Covid 19/Technology

Opinion: One group that’s embraced AI: Criminals

From deepfakes to enhanced password cracking, hackers are discovering the power of AI for malicious use. Lawmakers are still figuring out how best to use artificial intelligence. Lawbreakers are doing…

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Defence & Security

Coast Guard Assist Stricken Vessel Off Cork Coast

The 4 person crew of a fishing vessel that caught fire approx. 17 miles off Old Head of Kinsale in the early hours of the morning (14th May 2021) are…

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