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‘We’ve never had to leave a mission due to lack of staff before’ Dr Cathal Berry TD – Irish troops withdrawn from Syria

‘We’ve never had to leave a mission due to lack of staff before’ Dr Cathal Berry TD – Irish troops withdrawn from Syria

Delighted that all the troops are arriving safely home from Syria today. Irish soldiers have served the country proud in Syria over the last 12 years, but today is definitely tinged with sadness. We’ve never had to leave a mission due to lack of staff before. Over the last 12 years, there’s been over a 30% ...

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Severe shortages in the Naval Service

Severe shortages in the Naval Service

Irelands’s Atlantic Coast is now ground zero for smuggling narcotics into Europe, primarily due to the precarious state of our Navy. There is no substitute for fully crewed hulls on the water providing a visible maritime presence to deter & disrupt smugglers. Internationally, Ireland’s much vaunted ‘Wild ...

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Jordan air-drops aid into Gaza with help of French Plane

Jordan air-drops aid into Gaza with help of French Plane

This week in the Dáil I raised the recent humanitarian operation which was carried out by aircraft from France, Jordan, the UAE and Qatar to drop food supplies into the Gaza Strip. It seems that this is precisely the type of humanitarian operation that Ireland should be involved in. Ireland could easily ...

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Athy Memorial for Deceased Soldiers Unveiled

Athy Memorial for Deceased Soldiers Unveiled

This month, a memorial was unveiled in Athy to remember Private Declan Deere (21), Private Jonathan Murphy (21), Private Brendan Fitzpatrick (19) and Private Matthew John Lawlor (23) who tragically died in a road traffic accident in Lebanon, while serving as United Nations Peacekeepers on February 14th 2000. ...

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Cadet School HQ in the Curragh nearly complete

Cadet School HQ in the Curragh nearly complete

Great to see the new Cadet School HQ in the Curragh nearly completed. A €4.3m refurbishment. Much more desperately needed. Hopefully, the instructor staff can soon move out of the shipping containers on the parade square & into this new facility. Well done to all involved.

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Budget 2024 – Disappointing for the Defence Forces

Budget 2024 – Disappointing for the Defence Forces

A very disappointing budget day for the Defence Forces today. Despite all the warnings regarding defence, the government has failed to deliver. All we are asking the government to do is to implement their own reports. These reports have given Defence Force members nothing but heartache and false hope. It’s the ...

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New Aircraft for the Irish Air Corps

New Aircraft for the Irish Air Corps

Great to see Irish defence capabilities enhanced with the first of two C295 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) arriving at Irish Air Corps. The new aircraft are primarily equipped for maritime surveillance and will also provide the Air Corps with the capability to deliver a range of services, including: ...