Inadequate pay, pensions, and conditions are driving personnel out of Ireland's Army, Air Corps, and Navy
The Irish Naval Service vessel LE Eithne: Last year a third of Ireland’s nine Naval ships were decommissioned
Independent.ie - Defence Forces erosion revealed: Discharges running at double the rate of recruitment - 04 Jan 23
Turning the tide on the continuing decline in the Defence Forces is likely to prove a daunting task for Micheál Martin, writes Defence Correspondent Sean O’Riordan
It is with deep regret that Óglaigh na hÉireann can confirm the death of one of our peacekeepers in a serious incident in Lebanon last night.
The Medical Independent - Defence Forces contingent deployed to Golan without own medical officer - 14 Nov 22
The Minister for Defence has promised members of the Defence Forces that they will be paid the Covid-19 recognition payment before Christmas.
Independent.ie - Defence Forces still waiting for €1000 Covid bonus 11 months after it was promised by Government - 04 Nov 22
Journal.ie - Government announces "interim arrangement" to prevent forced retirement of Sergeants - 02 Nov 22
THE GOVERNMENT HAS announced an “interim arrangement” to allow Irish Defence Force sergeants, who would be forced to retire prematurely at the end of the year, to stay on in service.
Journal.ie - 'Ludicrous': Govt departments at loggerheads as date for forced retirement of sergeants looms - 26 Oct 22
The rule means that Sergeants who have joined on post-1994 contracts must resign when they reach the age of 50.
Sean O'Riordan: Recruitment crisis leaves navy on 'eve of destruction'
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said Ireland will participate in the European Union's training mission for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which is expected to get under way in mid-November.
Irish Times.com - Army officer found guilty of sexually assaulting female soldier after barbecue on base - 14 Oct 22
Army officer found guilty of sexually assaulting female soldier after barbecue on base
Sun.ie - Defences Forces irreparably damaged if working time, pay & rotas not urgently addressed - 09 Oct 22
NUMBERS in the Defence Forces are at an all-time low.
The Naval Service will be forced to tie up two large patrol vessels and mothball two smaller ships it purchased from New Zealand if immediate steps are not taken to recruit fully-trained engine room specialists to crew them.
The Defence Forces health and safety section (H&S) is seriously understaffed and needs a major revamp to negate the number of high-risk situations soldiers, sailors, and aircrews find themselves in on an almost daily basis.
Chefs in the Irish Defence Forces are being given just €4.20 to provide three meals a day for hundreds of soldiers and sailers.
While efforts were being made to make the forces safer, there were still “a few bad apples” who the Minister for Defence was determined to “root out”, the general secretary of PDFORRA Gerard Guinan has said.
Sun.ie - CLOSING RANKS Irish Defence Forces soldiers need urgent engagement on contract terms, reps warn - 05 Oct 22
SENIOR NCOs and Sergeants in the Defence Forces should be given greater security of tenure and better pay, a conference has heard.
The association representing enlisted members of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps has called on the Government to fully implement the findings of the Commission on the Future of the Defences Forces as they relate to pay and conditions.
Journal.ie - Action on pay imperative if Govt serious about overhauling Defence Forces, PDFORRA insists - 05 Oct 22
GOVERNMENT MUST IMMEDIATELY fully implement the findings of the Commission on the Future of the Defence Forces (CODF) around pay and conditions, a group representing enlisted soldiers has said.
Examiner.ie - Additional Defence Forces personnel are 'unatainable' without pay improvements - 04 Oct 22
The Government's aim of recruiting an additional 400 personnel to the Defence Forces is “unattainable" unless it significantly improves pay and conditions.