Defence Forces (Ireland)

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Defence Forces
Fórsaí Cosanta
Óglaigh na hÉireann
Badge of the Irish Defence Forces.svg
Foondit 1 October 1924
Service branches
Heidquarters DFHQ McKee Barracks, Dublin
Leadership
Supreme Commander Michael D. Higgins (President of Ireland)
Meenister for Defence[2] Leo Varadkar (Taoiseach)
Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM[1]
Manpower
Militar age 18–24 (27 Naval Service)[3][4]
Available for
militar service
1,179,125 males, age 15–49,
1,163,728 females, age 15–49
Fit for
militar service
977,631 males, age 15–49,
965,900 females, age 15–49
Reachin militar
age annually
55,761[5]
Active personnel 9,137 (May 2016)[6]
Reserve personnel 2,323 (Nov 2015)[7]
Deployed personnel

661 troops, 11 missions (as of Dec 2016), including:[8]

Expenditures
Budget €946 million (FY2018) [9]
Percent o GDP 0.31% (FY2018)[9]Template:Fv
Relatit airticles
Ranks Military ranks of Ireland

The Defence Forces (Erse: Fórsaí Cosanta,[10] offeecially styled Óglaigh na hÉireann),[11][12][Note 1] are the militar o Ireland. Thay encompass the Airmy, Air Corps o the Republic o Ireland, Naval Service an Reserve Defence Forces.

The Supreme Commander o the Defence Forces is the Preses o Ireland.[13] Aw Defence Forces officers haud thair commission frae the Preses, but in practice the Meenister for Defence acts on the Preses's behauf an reports tae the Govrenment of Ireland. The Meenister for Defence is advised bi the Cooncil o Defence on the business of the Department of Defence.[14]

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  1. Óglaigh na hÉireann derives its origins from the Irish Volunteers. Whilst the Irish for Defence Forces is Fórsaí Cosanta, as Ó Cearúil (1999) points out, the Defence Forces are officially styled Óglaigh na hÉireann. Fórsaí Cosanta is used in other contexts (e.g. Rialacháin Fhórsaí Cosanta is Defence Force Regulations) as well as having a defined meaning in legislation.

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  1. "New Chief of Staff Appointed to Defence Forces". Afloat.ie. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  2. "List of Ministers and Ministers of State". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  3. "Irish Defence Forces - Recruitment". Military.ie. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  4. "Bid to raise age limit for joining defence forces rejected". Irish Daily Star. 22 February 2013. 
  5. "CIA - World Fact Book - Military : Ireland". cia.gov. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  6. "Defence Forces Strength (Dáil Éireann Debate - Tuesday, 21 June 2016 - Vol. 914 No. 1)". Dáil Éireann Hansard. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  7. "Written Replies Nos. 437 to 450 - Defence Forces Reserve". Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Hansard). 13 January 2016. 
  8. "Written Answers Nos. 679-702 - Overseas Missions Data". Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Hansard). 13 December 2016. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Statement by the Minister with responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe, T.D., on Defence Budget 2018 (Report). Department of Defence. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  10. "Defence Forces Act, 1937", Acts of the Oireachtas, ...cialluíonn an abairt na Fórsaí Cosanta na Fórsaí agus an Cúltaca. (...the expression 'the Defence Forces' means the Forces and the Reserve.) 
  11. Defence Act, 1954, It shall be lawful for the Government to raise, train, equip, arm, pay and maintain defence forces to be called and known as Óglaigh na hÉireann or (in English) the Defence Forces. 
  12. Micheál Ó Cearúil (1999), Bunreacht na hÉireann: a study of the Irish text (PDF), Dublin: Stationery Office, p. 189, 'The Defence Forces' are officially styled by the Army itself as Óglaigh na hÉireann in Irish, as against na Fórsaí Cosanta. 
  13. "Official President.ie site - Roles of the President". Áras an Uachtaráin. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  14. "Statute Book - Ministers And Secretaries Act, 1924". Retrieved 23 December 2014. the Minister for Defence ... shall be assisted by a Council of Defence 

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