Defence Forces

  • Defence (Veterans Lapel Badge) Bill 2017

    Today in the Seanad, I introduced my Defence (Veterans Lapel Badge) Bill 2017. This Bill provides for the establishment of a Veterans Lapel Badge to be conferred upon former members of the Army, Air Corps, Naval Service and Reserve Defence Forces by the Minister for Defence. The purpose of the Veterans Lapel Badge is to raise the profile of our Defence Force Veterans who have served their country with bravery and loyalty either at home or abroad or both.

  • Defence Forces Show Craughwell Their Real Colours

    Speaking today Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell former 1st Infantry Battalion Sergeant,  congratulated the Defence Forces under Chief of Staff  Vice Admiral Mellett on the graduation of 200 Defence Forces members at a conferring ceremony at the Institute of Technology Carlow.

  • Does the Department of Defence have its priorities wrong?

    Today I wrote to the Taoiseach in his capacity as Minister of Defence regarding the recent Public Appointments Service advertisement for a new post of Assistant Secretary Defence Capability (People) Department of Defence at a salary of between €128,000 and €146,000 per annum. I wrote because I was at a loss to understand the rationale for this new post as both the Department of Defence and the Defence Forces already have very well staffed and effective HR sections which manage the recruitment, induction, training, development and other HR services for their civilian, civil service and military personnel. 


GCraughwell @shane_malley @SenLynnRuane @Revolution_IRL Not sure it’s an arrogant attitude I think it was feared youth. How ref……

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GCraughwell @Revolution_IRL @SenLynnRuane With great young people such as Warfield & Ruane entering politics I have great hope for the future.

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GCraughwell @SenLynnRuane @Revolution_IRL I do believe the performance of MLOD coupled with the behaviour of FF/FG GAVE OUR YOU……

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