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Cathal Berry TD stands with Retained Firefighters

Cathal Berry TD stands with Retained Firefighters

Glad to stand with and support Retained Firefighters outside Leinster House. They are invaluable to our communities but are underpaid and overworked. Without their hard work and dedication to the Fire Service, there would be devastating impacts on the safety of local towns and villages. Our communities depend ...

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Sudan evacuation of Irish citizens

Sudan evacuation of Irish citizens

One of the biggest issues from the Kabul operation two years ago was that Ireland did not have an independent airlift means to deploy its troops overseas, that issue still hasn’t been solved yet. Secondly, we learned that we need a lot more contingency planning to be done in advance of these very predictable ...

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Progress for the Defence Forces – private healthcare for enlisted personnel, renovation of homes for military families and new military troop transport

Progress for the Defence Forces – private healthcare for enlisted personnel, renovation of homes for military families and new military troop transport

Good week for Óglaigh na hÉireann / Irish Defence Forces. Better healthcare for enlisted personnel. Renovation of homes in barracks for military families. 3rd Airbus C295 for airlift (first time in the history of the State) Proper order too. They have our front- we should have their back…

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Major boost for Irish soldiers as new big money State plan will see all rank and file troops avail of private healthcare

Major boost for Irish soldiers as new big money State plan will see all rank and file troops avail of private healthcare

This is a long overdue measure that I have been advocating for for years so I very much welcome it. Defence Force personnel regularly sustain injuries due to the nature of the physical and demanding work they do .. the least any employers can do is ensure reliable access to medical treatment for any employee injured ...

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Foreign Affairs & Defence Committee visit the Irish Air Corps

Foreign Affairs & Defence Committee visit the Irish Air Corps

Huge thanks to the Irish Air Corps for facilitating the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs & Defence Committee’s visit to Baldonnel. Superb, but sobering briefings. Candour very much appreciated. Ireland’s lack of air capability is a major national strategic risk. We need to fix this.