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# Defence Forces

This week
14th July 2024 - 18th July 2024
Army officer goes on trial over alleged stealing of ammunition and military equipment from Curragh Camp
President concludes meeting with Council of State to assess if Defence Bill is constitutional
Jennifer Carroll MacNeill says cancelling public holiday not ‘necessary’ to increase defence spend
Last week
7th July 2024 - 13th July 2024
President to convene Council of State over Bill that will block Army from criticising Government
Convicted soldier Cathal Crotty to be discharged from Defence Forces today
Cathal Crotty, convicted of attack on Natasha O’Brien, to be discharged from Defence Forces
Crotty, from Clare but serving at Private rank in Sarsfield’s Barracks Limerick, was convicted of an unprovoked attack on Limerick woman Natasha O’Brien.
Last month
June 2024
'Thank God for Natasha O'Brien': Taoiseach calls for zero-tolerance approach to gender-based violence
Defence Forces members facing sex assault charges to be placed on 'local leave' - Tánaiste
Taoiseach says people with convictions should be removed from the Defence Forces
Tánaiste: 68 Defence Forces members convicted or currently charged with criminal offences
Anyone accused of gender-based violence should not serve in Defence Forces while awaiting trial - Taoiseach
List of how many Defence Force members have criminal convictions sought by Govt
'Opportunity to be heard': Tribunal into how Defence Forces handled abuse complaints opens
Cathal Crotty case: Tánaiste says superior officer's statement to court was not a 'character reference'
Defence Forces begins process of dismissing soldier who beat a woman unconscious
Crotty was handed a fully-suspended sentence today and was ordered to pay the victim €3,000.
Tribunal established to examine handling of bullying and harassment complaints in Defence Forces
This year
2024
Ireland not being in NATO will be 'a positive' in heading up EU military committee, Sean Clancy says
Tánaiste and PBP accuse each other of 'lies' during Dáil clash over Triple Lock
Two Defence Forces personnel injured during parachute training
Last Irish troops stationed in Syria as part of UN peacekeeping mission return home
Member of Defence Forces charged over €25k cocaine seizure
Government increases retirement age in military, gardaí and prison service to ease staffing crisis
The announcement also includes an increase in military recruitment age from 26 to 39 years old.
State moves closer to purchase of €200m multi-role ship that will be largest in navy's history
Terms of reference for judge-led tribunal into military abuse approved by Cabinet
Last year
2023
Jackie Kennedy rang Irish Embassy to ensure Defence Forces would play role in JFK's funeral
Tom Clonan: Gaza has become hell on earth, while the world just watches
Tom Clonan
Remembrance mass to be held for Irish soldier killed in Lebanon last year
'You have no mandate': Heated Dáil exchanges on plan to remove Triple Lock
Women of Honour group hold 'frank' meeting with Tánaiste over inquiry terms
Micheál Martin announces plan to get rid of triple lock which limits Irish military operations overseas
Broad welcome from military officers as minister announces increase in sea pay for Navy
Ministers, civil service conduct will be investigated in judge led tribunal into military abuse
Controlled explosion on Sandymount Beach after historical device discovered
National Security: Garda overtime increase, 1,000 extra gardaí and €21m more in Defence budget
'MV Matthew op highlights how our personnel need to be properly paid', ex-Naval commander says
Over €100m worth of drugs on board cargo ship seized by Army Ranger Wing off Irish coast
Defence action plan: Complex radar project 'won't be delivered until 2028'
Rank and file defence group gives 'cautious' welcome for military medical care scheme
15 Defence Forces personnel dismissed or face dismissal from failing illicit drug tests in 2022
Demonstrators protest against Ireland giving weapons training to Ukrainian troops