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On Duty in Punchestown!

On Duty in Punchestown!

Pictured are Sgt Mick Brogan, Dr Cathal Berry, TD (a former Army officer) and retired RSM John Murray volunteering at the Punchestown Vaccination and Testing Centre this week. Over 1,650 people were due to be vaccinated at the centre on Monday. Deputy Berry remarked that “it’s fantastic to be involved in the ...

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Army Nursing Service

Army Nursing Service

Radio Interview on Kfm Radio Kildare this morning in relation to the Army Nursing Service. While an Army Nursing Service is a vital component of any military, the Defence Forces have not been allowed to hire a nurse since 1990. Incredible really. It doesn’t have to be this way of course. Glad that Minister ...

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RACO before the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee

RACO before the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee

Thanks to the RACO members, General Secretary, Comdt Conor King, Deputy General Secretary, Lt Col Derek Priestly & President of RACO, Comdt Luke Foley for appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on Defence recently. We discussed various important issues affecting members of the Defence Forces.  

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Issues Affecting the Irish Naval Service

Issues Affecting the Irish Naval Service

In the Dáil this afternoon, speaking in relation to various issues affecting the Irish Naval Service - Our search and rescue capability - We should have nine naval ships at sea, but we only have seven. Two are at anchor in the port in Cork as we do not have the sailors to man them. Our search ...

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Search and Rescue (SAR) Service

Search and Rescue (SAR) Service

This week in the Dáil, I spoke to Minister Simon Coveney in relation to the provision of the Search and Rescue (SAR) Service. We should identify what component of the service the Air Corps can look after and then task and resource it accordingly. Any part of the service that cannot be provided by the Air Corps ...