Air Corps

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An Air Corps helicopter at the Wicklow Gap during the search and rescue of a light aircraft that crashed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Air Corps is struggling to sustain operations because of a critical shortage of fully trained personnel. Both operational wings are significantly(...)

At present, there are 650 personnel serving abroad, the bulk of them (462) deployed with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon. Photograph: Alan Betson

Almost 1,700 members of the Defence Forces served in United Nations and Irish Government-mandated operations in 14 countries around the world in 2018,(...)

Retired Sgt Maj Noel O’Callaghan and his grand-daughter Aleesha Penrose (9) at an Army protest in September: 1,760 Defence Force members are on family income supplement, a collective humiliation of military personnel and their families, says Sgt Maj Noel O’Callaghan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Retired Defence Force veterans are planning to mount a highly visible public campaign in which politicians will be targeted over what the retirees see(...)

The LÉ Samuel Beckett with more than 500 migrants on board during its operations in the Mediterranean in 2016.

The LÉ Samuel Beckett is returning to the Mediterranean as part of the European Union’s efforts to disrupt people smuggling and also to rescue migran(...)

Ryanair alleges it was defamed in a 2013 email sent by the Ryanair Pilot Group (RPG).  Photograph: Reuters

A former pilot has denied claims by Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary that the pilot caused five fare-paying passengers to be offloaded from a f(...)

The Irish Coast Guard: could be requested to recruit a dedicated aircrew to operate its Dublin-based helicopter at night, if available. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

The Government should look at designing an integrated airborne medical service for Ireland capable of transporting patients in need of urgent treatmen(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney questioned the judgment of an experienced Air Corps pilot who refused to fly him to Cork because of predicted fog. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney questioned the judgment of an experienced Air Corps pilot who refused to fly him to Cork because of predict(...)

Grosvenor Square in Rathmines, Dublin, where London Bridge attacker Rachid Redouane lived for a time. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Most people will accept that there are no absolute guarantees of security and safety in the face of terrorism. There cannot be when the threats range (...)

Capt Paul McDermott briefing his Air Corps pilot colleagues ahead of the Pilatus airplane flypast at the end of Sunday’s 1916 Rising commemoration ceremony at the GPO. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

On Sunday, the Last Post and Reveille will be sounded outside the GPO. The Tricolour, coupled with a drum roll, will be raised, marking the end of the(...)

The Defence Forces corries out some 1,600 random tests on serving personnel in 2016.

A newly-qualified Air Corps pilot is expected to “retire” from the Defence Forces on Friday having failed a drug test. The officer, a male lieutenant(...)

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