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From TheJournal.ie Irish Naval Service detains Spanish boat off Valentia Island for alleged fishing law breaches Lé William Butler Yeats

Irish Naval Service detains Spanish boat off Valentia Island for alleged fishing law breaches

It’s the 12th such vessel detained by the Naval Service so far this year.

From TheJournal.ie Lisa Smith expected back in Ireland as Turkey prepares to deport over 20 'foreign jihadists' Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith expected back in Ireland as Turkey prepares to deport over 20 'foreign jihadists'

Lisa Smith and her child are currently in Turkey.

From TheJournal.ie Tánaiste hopeful for breakthrough in Lisa Smith case 'within a few weeks' Turkey

Tánaiste hopeful for breakthrough in Lisa Smith case 'within a few weeks'

Simon Coveney has said his primary concern is for Smith’s two-year-old daughter.

From TheJournal.ie Defence Forces deployed on mission to bring Lisa Smith back to Ireland Operation

Defence Forces deployed on mission to bring Lisa Smith back to Ireland

Sources have confirmed to TheJournal.ie that plans are in place to bring Smith home from the warzone.

From TheJournal.ie Five suspected pipe bombs made safe after buildings evacuated in Offaly Edenderry

Five suspected pipe bombs made safe after buildings evacuated in Offaly

A number of buildings in Edenderry were evacuated last night.

From TheJournal.ie Higgins says he wasn't elected to 'just read speeches he has been handed' Defence Forces

Higgins says he wasn't elected to 'just read speeches he has been handed'

The president said recent comments he made about Defence Forces pay are “very much within the Constitution”.

From TheJournal.ie 'I either have to leave the Defence Forces or stay and be homeless with my pregnant wife' Housing Crisis

'I either have to leave the Defence Forces or stay and be homeless with my pregnant wife'

Officers today called for the provision of quarters for married couples or the introduction of a rent allowance to assist them.

From TheJournal.ie Defence Forces Chief: 'Some great people are making the choice to leave the organisation' Retention Crisis

Defence Forces Chief: 'Some great people are making the choice to leave the organisation'

Mark Mellett said he believes the organisation’s challenges will get worse before they get better.

From TheJournal.ie Defence Forces officers vote to accept €10m allowance proposals Defence Forces

Defence Forces officers vote to accept €10m allowance proposals

The government has said the changes would make Irish military careers more attractive.

From TheJournal.ie 'I think it's quite unusual': Ministers respond to President Higgins' Defence Forces pay speech Pay And Conditions

'I think it's quite unusual': Ministers respond to President Higgins' Defence Forces pay speech

As president, Higgins is the supreme commander of the Defence Forces.

From TheJournal.ie President Michael D Higgins offers support to Defence Force staff over pay Pay

President Michael D Higgins offers support to Defence Force staff over pay

Higgins was speaking at an event celebrating members of the Defence Forces.

From TheJournal.ie French fishing vessel detained off Cork coast for alleged breach of fishing regulations Defence Forces

French fishing vessel detained off Cork coast for alleged breach of fishing regulations

The vessel is the 9th to be seized so far this year off Irish waters.

From TheJournal.ie Army Ranger Wing prepares for deployment to UN mission in 'hostile environment' of Mali MINUSMA

Army Ranger Wing prepares for deployment to UN mission in 'hostile environment' of Mali

The mission has been described as the most dangerous UN peacekeeping mission in the world.

From TheJournal.ie Portuguese fishing vessel detained off Cork coast for alleged breach of fishing regulations LE SAMUEL BECKETT

Portuguese fishing vessel detained off Cork coast for alleged breach of fishing regulations

This is the eighth vessel detained by the Naval Service so far in 2019 and the second detention this week.

From TheJournal.ie Properties evacuated in Dublin after improvised explosive device found in driveway of home Santry

Properties evacuated in Dublin after improvised explosive device found in driveway of home

Gardaí responded to a call this morning at around 9am at an address at Shanliss Walk, Santry.

From TheJournal.ie Civil War grenade found in Malahide and made safe Defence Forces

Civil War grenade found in Malahide and made safe

An Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived at the scene shortly after noon today.

From TheJournal.ie Defence Forces personnel made change on side of road before commemoration event Defence Forces

Defence Forces personnel made change on side of road before commemoration event

An image of the incident was shared on social media by the Wives and Partners of the Defence Forces.

From TheJournal.ie Photos: Events take place to honour Irish troops who've died in wars or UN missions Defence Forces

Photos: Events take place to honour Irish troops who've died in wars or UN missions

President Higgins laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland at a ceremony in Collins Barracks.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: The minister, the understaffed Naval Service and the 'young fellas caught up in the middle' On The Defensive

Explainer: The minister, the understaffed Naval Service and the 'young fellas caught up in the middle'

The dispute comes after a decision was made to take two vessels out of operation, leading to various claims and rows in the Dáil.

From TheJournal.ie Government says €10m boost to Defence Forces pay will make Irish military careers 'more attractive' Salary

Government says €10m boost to Defence Forces pay will make Irish military careers 'more attractive'

The increase comes following the publication of the report of the Public Services Pay Commission.

From TheJournal.ie Gardaí travel to Australia to gather intelligence on jihadi bride Lisa Smith from former colleagues Lisa Smith

Gardaí travel to Australia to gather intelligence on jihadi bride Lisa Smith from former colleagues Exclusive

Gardaí and the Defence Forces have been carrying out their own separate investigations into Smith.

From TheJournal.ie Irish Naval sailors forced to sleep on ships due to lack of accommodation, TDs told Defence Forces

Irish Naval sailors forced to sleep on ships due to lack of accommodation, TDs told

PDFORRA’s Mark Keane said they “deserve a place to put their head at night”.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should the Government send Irish troops to Mali for peacekeeping duties? Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Government send Irish troops to Mali for peacekeeping duties?

The proposal has been debated in the Dáil this week.

From TheJournal.ie Defence Forces planning to spend estimated €700k on new Escort of Honour motorbike fleet Escort Of Honour

Defence Forces planning to spend estimated €700k on new Escort of Honour motorbike fleet

A cavalry motorcycle Escort of Honour is normally provided by the Defence Forces on ceremonial occasion.

From TheJournal.ie What's behind the violence in Mali and why does the Government want to send elite Defence Forces members there? Explainer

What's behind the violence in Mali and why does the Government want to send elite Defence Forces members there?

This week, Cabinet approved a proposal to send troops abroad for peacekeeping duties.

From TheJournal.ie Call to restore pre-crash allowances to 'stop members of Defence Forces leaving in droves' Retention Crisis

Call to restore pre-crash allowances to 'stop members of Defence Forces leaving in droves'

There were 256 discharges in the first four months of 2019.

From TheJournal.ie Cabinet approves proposal to deploy Defence Forces personnel to UN mission in Mali Defence Forces

Cabinet approves proposal to deploy Defence Forces personnel to UN mission in Mali

The approval comes after nearly 100 people were killed in recent days in a deadly massacre in the country.

From TheJournal.ie 'Murderous attack': Nearly 100 people killed and 19 missing in latest massacre in Mali Massacre

'Murderous attack': Nearly 100 people killed and 19 missing in latest massacre in Mali

There are currently 20 Irish Defence Forces personnel deployed to the EU Training Mission in Mali.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Defence Forces personnel are the lowest paid workers in the public service Opinion

Opinion: Defence Forces personnel are the lowest paid workers in the public service

Oglaigh na h’Eireann is reaching a tipping point, a point of no return, in terms of recruitment, retention and falling numbers, writes Tom Clonan.

From TheJournal.ie 'It would be closure for everyone': Jadotville survivors still in talks with government over bravery medals Siege Of Jadotville

'It would be closure for everyone': Jadotville survivors still in talks with government over bravery medals

Soldiers who were recommended to receive distinguished service medals after Jadotville in 1961 have yet to receive them.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland's fourth offshore patrol vessel, the LÉ George Bernard Shaw, has been officially commissioned Naval Service

Ireland's fourth offshore patrol vessel, the LÉ George Bernard Shaw, has been officially commissioned

Its name follows in the tradition of those given to the service’s three other ships.

From TheJournal.ie Air Corps members tried to warn superiors about Lisa Smith's radicalisation Jihadi Bride

Air Corps members tried to warn superiors about Lisa Smith's radicalisation Exclusive

They were accused of bullying her.

From TheJournal.ie After facing a delay, Irish troops will return home from Golan Heights and Syria this evening Defence Forces

After facing a delay, Irish troops will return home from Golan Heights and Syria this evening

The soldiers are now due to touch down at Dublin Airport at 7.15pm tonight, where they will be greeted by their families.

From TheJournal.ie Delayed Defence Force members now due home from Golan Heights on Sunday Stuck

Delayed Defence Force members now due home from Golan Heights on Sunday

They had finished a six-month tour of duty and the soldiers to replace them have already arrived.

From TheJournal.ie 'Myself and the children are devastated': Soldiers due to return to Ireland tomorrow face 'unacceptable' delay Golan Heights

'Myself and the children are devastated': Soldiers due to return to Ireland tomorrow face 'unacceptable' delay

A spokesperson for the Department of Defence said that authorities on the ground haven’t yet been granted approval for transportation.

From TheJournal.ie Decision to end migrant rescue operation labelled 'outrageous abdication of responsibilities' LE Eithne

Decision to end migrant rescue operation labelled 'outrageous abdication of responsibilities'

The EU is winding down Operation Sophia amid pressure from Italy and other countries.

From TheJournal.ie Massacre of 160 people in Mali 'underlines need for international presence', Dept Defence says Defence Forces

Massacre of 160 people in Mali 'underlines need for international presence', Dept Defence says

There are currently 20 Irish Defence Forces personnel deployed to the EU Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali.

From TheJournal.ie Former soldier settles case over health problems he claims were caused by anti-malaria drug Courts

Former soldier settles case over health problems he claims were caused by anti-malaria drug

He brought proceedings over what he claimed were the effects of taking Larium while he served with the Defence Forces.

From TheJournal.ie Defence Forces personnel recognised for their role in south Lebanon at special ceremony Peacekeeping

Defence Forces personnel recognised for their role in south Lebanon at special ceremony

There are 458 Irish personnel attached to Unifil.

From TheJournal.ie 'I don't believe Irish citizens go there on their holidays': Flanagan says State will work to bring Lisa Smith back from Syria Lisa Smith

'I don't believe Irish citizens go there on their holidays': Flanagan says State will work to bring Lisa Smith back from Syria

It emerged on Friday that the former Defence Forces member was being held in Syria.

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