Cathal Berry

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In June the head of the Naval Service announced the LÉ Eithne and another ship were being put into operational reserve until personnel could be found to adequately man them.

The Naval Service is operating with about a third of the required number of personnel needed to safely maintain its weapons. There are currently only(...)

Official figures confirm the number of people departing the Defence Forces has surged in recent years.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Defence Force pay rates compare very favourably with other parts of the public service and some claims about conditions were “misleading” and “wildly (...)

The Government is failing ‘miserably’ in treating Defence Forces personnel properly, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

A staffing crisis in the Defence Forces is leading to younger officers taking on more and more responsibility, creating greater risks for the force, t(...)

Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett: wrote to Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe to state he was ‘concerned’ that the service was missing ‘a key part of our structure’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Defence Forces chief of staff raised concerns about the oversight of the military, as an independent watchdog set up to scrutinise the treatment o(...)

The former head of the Army Ranger Wing, retired Comdt Cathal Berry said officials in the Department of Defence  were controlling micromanagers with no experience of military service yet did not consult with Defence Forces leadership.

Comments by the former head of the Army Ranger Wing, retired Comdt Cathal Berry, about the Defence Forces will have made uncomfortable reading for the(...)

Defence Forces on a UN interim force in Lebanon. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has rejected claims by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin that Defence Forces personnel are discriminated against “because of th(...)

Irish Army Ranger wing in Chad in 2008. Some 731 personnel departed  the forces in 2018 when 612 new recruits joined the Army, Navy and Air Corps.

The fall-off in the number of personnel serving in the Defence Forces is escalating despite efforts to recruit a record level of new entrants. The I(...)

Defence Forces on a UN interim force in Lebanon. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

The Defence Forces has had its largest loss of personnel in almost a decade despite efforts to recruit new entrants, new figures show. The Irish Time(...)

Minister for Enterprise Heather Humphreys said the Government had provided €1bn for the Defence Forces and was fully committed to ensuring they had the resources to deal with all their functions. File photograph: The Irish Times

Defence Force personnel must now be allowed to join a trade union the Dáil has heard following “extraordinary” and “unprecedented criticism” of the De(...)

Irish Army Ranger wing on patrol in Chad in 2008. Cathal Berry says he is leaving the Defence Forces because he can no longer watch it being so badly damaged.

The Defence Forces is being “dismantled and demoralised” by “disastrous” Government policies, and Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe is out of h(...)

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