Army reservists struggle to conduct exercises with their counterparts in the permanent Defence Forces due to a lack of physical training, according to(...)

Pilot shortages mean Lieut Cols must  regularly fly missions despite the decreased number of operations. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Senior Air Corps officers are still flying air ambulance missions despite the service being cut back over the winter to allow them to carry out manage(...)

An LÉ Ciara deployment was delayed for three days recently because it could not find the minimum number of sailors required.

The Naval Service was forced to delay the deployment of one of its ships for three days recently because it could not find the minimum number of sailo(...)

An Air Corps aviator plots a course for the Emergency Aeromedical Service helicopter. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The air ambulance service operated by the Defence Forces is “on the brink of collapse” due to staffing levels, military officers have been told. The (...)

Raco estimates if the 10.3 per cent turnover rate is maintained the Defence Forces will never return to full strength and will result in the number of personnel dropping to about 7,500 by 2030. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It will take seven years for the Defence Forces to reach full strength based on the Government’s current “optimistic” assessment, according to the rep(...)

President Michael D Higgins said he had “heard and read with anxiety of the distress that is being experienced by some of those who are giving their all to serve the State”. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

President Michael D Higgins felt compelled last week to intervene in the dispute over pay at the Defence Forces. He insisted it “should not be too muc(...)

The Irish Defence Forces crossing the Slaney River during a mission readiness exercise in the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. President Michael D Higgins said    many are understandably concerned about the ability to attract and retain people of the highest calibre in the Defence Forces. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has intervened in a dispute over pay in the Defence Forces, insisting it “should not be too much to expect” that members a(...)

Defence forces: While recruitment has stepped up, it cannot keep up with departures. Photograph: Alan Betson

So many officers trained in counterterrorism, cyberdefence and other key areas are leaving the military that the viability of the Defence Forces is no(...)

“We are prohibited from trade union membership, affiliation to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions by extension and any form of industrial agitation”

Military officers believe they are being exploited and marginalised in negotiations on their pay and conditions because of restrictions placed upon th(...)

The strength of the Defence Forces has fallen below 9,000 for the first time. File photograph: Alan Betson

Concerns are growing about the ability of the Defence Forces to play a full part in the Republic’s national security as its strength has fallen below (...)

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