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Louise Mc Donald

Louise Mc Donald
Sub Lieutenant - Navy
David Fleming

David Fleming
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Keith Lynch

Keith Lynch
Press Officer
Pat O'Connor

Pat O'Connor
Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp
Oisin McGrath

Oisin McGrath
Lieutenant - Army
Tom Tooher

Tom Tooher
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"A whole range of different tasks need to be undertaken depending on the plan of the day and patrol requirements"
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David Fleming
"I am mainly employed in a leadership / management role with responsibilities for unit training, career development and operations"
Lieutenant - Army
Tom Tooher
"Each job requires the pilot to make difficult weather calls, which can lead to pressurised decisions and some very challenging flying conditions"
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Oisin McGrath

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The Defence Forces’ mission is: “To contribute to the security of the State by providing for the military defence of its territorial integrity and to fulfill all roles assigned by Government, through the deployment of well-motivated and effective Defence Forces.” The mission statement identifies the core activity of the Defence Forces, points to a diverse range of additional tasks, which may be assigned by Government, and emphasises the importance of Defence Forces’ personnel and the need for a flexible operational capacity.

When not actually engaged in operations, the object is to train in order to achieve the degree of operational effectiveness, which our ethos and our assigned roles demand.

The Defence Forces consist of a Permanent Defence Force (PDF) and a Reserve Defence Force (RDF). The former is a standing force and provides the primary capabilities for joint military operations at home and combined military Peace Support Operations abroad. Members of the PDF serve overseas with the United Nations on peace keeping missions. Some of the missions where personnel are serving are Kosovo, Lebanon, Afghanistan and the Congo.

The RDF provides the necessary contingent conventional military capability to augment and assist the PDF, when necessary. The Permanent Defence Force consists of an Army, an Air Corps and a Naval Service.

The Permanent Defence Forces (PDF) has strength of approximately 9,500 personnel. These personnel are based throughout the State. The Government has assigned roles to the Defence Forces, which include the defence of the State from armed aggression.

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