Defence Forces 2016Flags for Schools Initiative

As part of Ireland’s Centenary Programme to commemorate the 1916 Rising, Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Defence Forces, will play a key role in everything from State Ceremonial to assistance for our Local Authorities, our schools and our communities.

The first major task for Defence Forces 2016 is the delivery of an Irish Flag to every Primary School in the country, starting on 14th September 2015.

Read more about the Flags for Schools Initiative and how Óglaigh na hÉireann is supporting Ireland 2016 >>

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  • Overseas Organisation

    Today approximately 437 Personnel are serving overseas

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  • Current Missions

    Lebanon 2011, Same but Different

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  • Overseas History

    A proud tradition of participation in peace support operations

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  • Co-Operation in Europe

    Since 2009 The Defence Forces participates in the EU Battle Group

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  • Ireland and the United Nations

    Over 50 years of service

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  • Training for Overseas Service

    Mission Readiness

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  • Overseas

    News and Events

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Recruiting in the RDF

The Army & Naval Service

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29 September 2015 - New Chief of Staff of The Defence Forces

29 September 2015 - New Chief of Staff of The Defence Forces VADM Mellett DSM[more]

Tuesday 08th September 2015 - Pre-Deployment Mission Readiness Exercise

10.15am - Pre-Deployment Mission Readiness Exercise, 50th Infantry Group, UNDOF (Golan Heights) [more]

Defence Forces - Overseas

Irelands Involvement with the UN

Ireland became a member of the United Nations in 1955. Since 1958, the Defence Forces have a continuous presence on peace support operations, mainly in the Middle East. However, in recent years, following the end of the cold war, Defence Forces personnel have also found themselves in many other parts of the globe as peace-keepers. 

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