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From TheJournal.ie Minister Paul Kehoe and his family evacuate home with gardaí after anti-eviction protesters arrived Minister For Defence

Minister Paul Kehoe and his family evacuate home with gardaí after anti-eviction protesters arrived

The minister thanked the gardaí for their assistance in a statement.

From TheJournal.ie British troops could face charges over Iraq War abuses Abuse

British troops could face charges over Iraq War abuses

An inquiry has heard evidence of at least 1,514 possible victims, 280 of whom are alleged to have been unlawfully killed.

From TheJournal.ie Will Ireland have to provide military assistance to France? Defence Forces

Will Ireland have to provide military assistance to France?

France is using The Lisbon treaty’s equivalent of Nato’s ‘an attack on one is an attack on all’ clause.

From TheJournal.ie There are very, very few women in the Irish Army... No Woman No Cry

There are very, very few women in the Irish Army...

And none at all with rank more senior than lieutenant colonel.

From TheJournal.ie Defences Forces find solution to keep ambulances worth €900k on the road Modifications

Defences Forces find solution to keep ambulances worth €900k on the road

Smaller crews had difficulty lifting stretchers in and out of the ambulances.

From TheJournal.ie Irish troops in Afghanistan are coming home ISAF

Irish troops in Afghanistan are coming home

A decision has yet to be made on any further deployment.

From TheJournal.ie Chief whip gets more powers, but the Taoiseach is still 'in every way' the Defence Minister Still In Charge

Chief whip gets more powers, but the Taoiseach is still 'in every way' the Defence Minister

Many powers over the day-to-day running of the Defence Minister have been delegated to the government chief whip Paul Kehoe following Cabinet approval today.

From TheJournal.ie Asbestos found on LÉ Aoife this week should have been removed a decade ago Defence Forces

Asbestos found on LÉ Aoife this week should have been removed a decade ago

The ship was taken out of action for a period this week while items were inspected for asbestos.

From TheJournal.ie The opposition wants to know how long Enda Kenny will stay as Defence Minister Taoiseach

The opposition wants to know how long Enda Kenny will stay as Defence Minister

The Taoiseach has taken over the portfolio on a temporary basis.

From TheJournal.ie Want to join the army? Recruitment starts next month Sign Up

Want to join the army? Recruitment starts next month

There are currently 264 vacancies in the force to fill, though Minister Shatter said “no specific weaknesses” have been brought to his attention.

From TheJournal.ie Shatter: No indications Irish troops in Syria are a target Golan Heights

Shatter: No indications Irish troops in Syria are a target

The Minister for Defence said we must accept we are putting troops in harm’s way when we deploy them to these types of operations.

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil tables Dáil motion of no confidence in Alan Shatter Feeling Confident?

Fianna Fáil tables Dáil motion of no confidence in Alan Shatter

TDs will debate Fianna Fáil’s motion on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the party saying Shatter’s position is untenable.

From TheJournal.ie Shatter says Syrian war is making Lebanon ‘increasingly unstable’ Irish Defence Forces

Shatter says Syrian war is making Lebanon ‘increasingly unstable’

The Minister for Defence also revealed that the UN has requested that Irish observers be sent to Syria.

From TheJournal.ie No, says Alan Shatter: I'm not going to attempt a coup Posse Comitatus

No, says Alan Shatter: I'm not going to attempt a coup

The dual minister assures that despite commanding both Gardaí and Army, he has “no interest of posing a threat to the State”.

From TheJournal.ie Multi-denominational Educate Together to run secondary schools Educate Together

Multi-denominational Educate Together to run secondary schools

Educate Together will be the first new entrant to second level education since the 1930s.

From TheJournal.ie Over 20 court martial cases underway - but no military judge to hear them Military Judge

Over 20 court martial cases underway - but no military judge to hear them

The last judge retired in July 2010.

From TheJournal.ie Shatter refuses to rule out second Fiscal Treaty referendum if voters say 'no' Referendum

Shatter refuses to rule out second Fiscal Treaty referendum if voters say 'no'

Minister for Justice says the Fiscal Compact Treaty is about preventing future governments building debt for future generations.

We could tell you about the Irish Secret Service budget, but then we'd have to kill you

One small part of the Budget hasn’t been touched this year: the secret service is retaining its €1m funding. SO what does it do?

From TheJournal.ie 440 Irish troops prepare for peacekeeping deployment to Lebanon Lebanon

440 Irish troops prepare for peacekeeping deployment to Lebanon

Irish soldiers were first sent to Lebanon in 1978. Last month, Minister Shatter appointed Frank Callanan SC to review information surrounding the deaths of three Irish soldiers there in 1989.

From TheJournal.ie Tony Killeen will not contest general election Tony Killeen

Tony Killeen will not contest general election

Fianna Fáil minister from Clare is the 23rd sitting TD to announce he will not be running in the 2011 election.

WILLIE O’DEA CLAIMS he paid more than was necessary in a payout to Sinn Féin’s Maurice Quinlivan. Mr Quinlivan had taken a libel action against the then-Minister of Defence, but they reached a settlement after Mr O’Dea apologised for making false and defamatory statements against him. The comments were made in an interview with a Limerick newspaper in March 2009.

Mr O’Dea told the Limerick Leader that it had been a difficult six months for him, and that he had paid “over and above what the actual libel was worth, according to legal advice – multiples of what the libel was worth.”

Last week, the DPP said it would not prosecute Mr O’Dea for falsely claiming Mr Quinlivan was connected with a brothel. In Feburary, Mr O’Dea was forced to resign his cabinet position over the incident.