TAOISEACH Brian Cowen was last night accused of ignoring the Government’s emergency response plans, instead, trying to pass the blame for poor handling of the severe weather crisis onto local authorities.
Fri, 08 Jan, 2010
ALMOST €10 million has been spent in just three years on protecting US troops passing through Shannon airport on their way to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mon, 04 Jan, 2010
ARMY bomb disposal experts have been called out to deal with a sharp rise in hoax emergencies this year, figures show.
Fri, 04 Dec, 2009
Irish troops are to remain in Kosovo and Afghanistan after the Cabinet signed-off on the move today.
Tue, 30 Jun, 2009
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit Ireland next week for the first time since taking office, it was revealed today.
Mon, 29 Jun, 2009
Irish troops in Chad’s volatile eastern region flanked dozens of evacuated aid workers today after reports of rebel movements in the troubled area.
Wed, 06 May, 2009
Defence Minister Willie O’Dea today begins an official three-day visit to Irish troops serving in Chad.
Tue, 24 Feb, 2009
Almost 400 troops bound for troubled African state Chad went on parade in Dublin today ahead of joining the tough peace enforcement mission.
Wed, 14 Jan, 2009
A REPORT by the state spending watchdog is expected to show the final bill for the cost of the three tribunals of inquiry will be far less than the €1 billion-plus previously predicted.
Mon, 12 Jan, 2009
IRISH troops in Chad will swap their EU hats for blue UN berets when the UN takes over from the EU’s peacekeeping mission there next March, Defence Minister Willie O’Dea has said.
Tue, 11 Nov, 2008
IRISH troops are leading a mission in Chad to protect refugee farmers returning to their land and reassure villages of their safety under the protection of EU troops.
Wed, 13 Aug, 2008
A son of Garda Jerry McCabe, who was shot dead by the IRA, today graduated as one of 300 new recruits into the force.
Thu, 31 Jul, 2008
THE Government will seek to cap the interest on third-party legal costs arising from the tribunals of inquiry when the Dáil returns in September.
Mon, 14 Jul, 2008
NEIGHBOURING north Kerry and west Limerick parishes were last night trying to come to terms with tragedies that claimed the lives of a young solider and a schoolboy.
Tue, 08 Jul, 2008
Irish peacekeeping troops will remain in Kosovo and Afghanistan for another year, it emerged tonight.
Wed, 25 Jun, 2008
IRISH troops came under fire from rebel groups in Chad where they are protecting refugee camps close to the Darfur border.
Mon, 16 Jun, 2008
Defence Minister Willie O’Dea is due to visit Irish troops serving in Chad tomorrow despite weekend clashes in the troubled country.
Sun, 15 Jun, 2008
Defence Minister Willie O’Dea is to pay his first official visit to Irish troops serving in Chad next week.
Mon, 09 Jun, 2008
Defence Minister Willie O’Dea today begins a two-day trip to Kosovo and Austria.
Wed, 23 Apr, 2008
HEAVILY ARMED members of the Emergency Response Unit took up duty in Limerick’s feud hotspots yesterday.
Sat, 29 Mar, 2008
Senior gardaí are travelling to boost morale among colleagues serving in an EU police force in Bosnia-Herzegovina this week, it was revealed today.
Tue, 25 Mar, 2008
Tensions have increased in Bosnia-Herzegovina since Kosovo declared independence but Irish troops are safe, Defence Minister Willie O’Dea said tonight.
Tue, 04 Mar, 2008
IRELAND’S peacekeeping mission to the central African country of Chad has been postponed until next year due to what the Government said was a lack of adequate air support for troops.
Sat, 01 Dec, 2007
THE 24-year deployment of Irish troops in Lebanon comes to a close today as defence force members serving with the remaining UN peacekeeping soldiers in the war-torn country stand down.
Sat, 27 Oct, 2007
LABOUR leader Eamon Gilmore has called on Defence Minister Willie O’Dea and Government TDs from the west to take a stand with the people they represent in a Dáil vote on the Shannon-Aer Lingus controversy.
Thu, 13 Sep, 2007
IRELAND’S war dead were honoured at a ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, yesterday.
Fri, 07 Sep, 2007
AN Taoiseach Bertie Ahern yesterday made a dramatic intervention in the crisis in the mid-west region caused by Aer Lingus’s ending of its Shannon to Heathrow service.
Mon, 20 Aug, 2007
Soldiers seeking overseas service and careers courses are facing new interview and selection procedures, it was announced today.
Tue, 15 May, 2007
Several thousand people lined Dublin’s O’Connell Street today as Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and President Mary McAleese led commemorations to mark the 91st anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Sun, 08 Apr, 2007
THE first-ever national memorial to Irish soldiers who died on duty will be sited in Dublin’s Merrion Square, it emerged today.
Fri, 23 Mar, 2007
SOLDIERS leaving for the Lebanon later this month will face a low threat-level despite the volatile situation, the army said yesterday.
Fri, 20 Oct, 2006
THE country’s taxpayers paid €15.1 million over four years for banks to carry out money transfers under the protection of the defence forces.
Tue, 17 Oct, 2006
The Labour Party’s description of prospective Irish UN troops in Lebanon as bodyguards is highly offensive and demeaning, Defence Minister Willie O’Dea said tonight.
Wed, 11 Oct, 2006
IRELAND’S role in the new EU Battlegroups could be put in doubt if a row over mandatory participation is not sorted out, it emerged yesterday.
Fri, 06 Oct, 2006
THE Government has formally sanctioned a 150-strong Irish force to Lebanon, Defence Minister Willie O’Dea announced yesterday.
Thu, 05 Oct, 2006
A fire attack on a car that left two Limerick children fighting for their lives was an incomprehensible act of savagery, Defence Minister Willie O’Dea said tonight.
Tue, 12 Sep, 2006
THE Defence Forces are carrying out a fresh investigation into Ireland’s single largest loss of life on a UN mission.
Wed, 16 Aug, 2006
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern yesterday said violence would not resolve the crisis in the Middle East, but again made clear the Government’s reluctance to commit troops to a UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon.
Wed, 19 Jul, 2006
Defence Minister Willie O’Dea will today visit a famous battle site that sparked a decade of war and ethnic violence in the Balkans.
Wed, 14 Jun, 2006
Irish troops in Kosovo fulfil a vital humanitarian role as well as peacekeeping duties, Defence Minister Willie O’Dea said tonight.
Tue, 13 Jun, 2006
Defence Minister Willie O’Dea today begins a two-day visit to Irish peacekeeping troops in Kosovo.
Mon, 12 Jun, 2006
FIANNA FÁIL’S election strategies are causing growing tension among senior ministers.
Mon, 02 Jan, 2006
THE United Nations is still the best hope for world peace, Defence Minister Willie O’Dea said yesterday, at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Ireland’s UN membership.
Thu, 15 Dec, 2005
Defence Minister Willie O’Dea today cancelled plans for a meeting with United States Joint Chief of Staff General Richard Myers.
Wed, 20 Jul, 2005
THE Government will deport the estimated 40 al-Qaida supporters living in the Republic if they pose a security threat in the wake of the London bombings, Defence Minister Willie O’Dea insisted yesterday.
Mon, 11 Jul, 2005
THE army will be sent in to take over the running of the country’s prisons if current efforts at preventing a strike by prison officers fail, the Minister for Defence and Defence Forces Chief of Staff confirmed.
Wed, 22 Jun, 2005
FOR once, Munster rugby star Jim Williams led the way out onto a crowded Limerick arena without feeling any pressure.
Fri, 18 Mar, 2005
An expert Irish defence forces team is to be deployed to the region devastated by the Asian tsunami next week, it was confirmed today.
Fri, 14 Jan, 2005
BANKS contributed less than half of the €40 million cost of nearly 10,000 cash deliveries escorted by gardaí and the Defence Forces over a four year period, figures showed yesterday.
Sat, 30 Oct, 2004
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