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The Defence Forces is now accepting applications for General Service in both the Army and Naval Service.

Army applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Naval Service applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 27 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Both Competitions will close on Sunday 22nd April 2018.


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Friday 11th August 2017 - LÉ William Butler Yeats Rescue Operation Update.

Yesterday, following a request from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, LÉ William Butler Yeats  successfully located and rescued a total of 149* migrants from a rubber craft 47 nautical miles North East of Tripoli.

Thereafter,  a further 161* migrants were transferred from an Italian Coast Guard vessel to the LÉ William Butler Yeats.

The migrants have received food, water and medical treatment where required.

LÉ William Bulter Yeats has now been tasked by the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre to transport the migrants to a designated ‘Port of Safety’, where they will be handed over to the Italian Authorities.

*Figures for today's operation are provisional until confirmed by the Italian authorities.

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The LÉ William Butler Yeats departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on the 14th July 2017.

The role of the Irish Naval vessel is to provide a search and rescue capability and to undertake humanitarian rescue operations at sea in the Mediterranean. Assistance to persons in distress at sea is provided in accordance with the applicable provisions of international conventions governing search and rescue situations.

Press Release Date:  Sunday, 30 July 2017

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O’Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer

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Tuesday 17th April 2018 - Defence Forces Conduct MRE

, 2.00pm.- Defence Forces Conduct Mission Readiness Exercise in Preparation for UNIFIL (Lebanon) Deployment[more]

Monday 12th April 2018 - 90th Anniversary Ceremony

3.00pm - 90th Anniversary Ceremony of the First East - West Flight Across the Atlantic Ocean in Baldonnel Aerodrome[more]