Fine Gael TD for Kildare South, Martin Heydon, has said that the planned new army recruitment campaign will strengthen our defence forces and is good news for the Curragh. Deputy Heydon was speaking after the Minister for Defence Simon Coveney today (Tuesday) launched a new recruitment campaign for General Service Recruits for the Army.

“This new recruitment campaign will strengthen our defence forces and as such is great news for the future of the Curragh. The army is a great career for any young person, with fantastic opportunities for training and development, serving in a wide range of missions and operations at home and overseas.

“The recruitment campaign is open to people aged 18 to 25 and the closing date is Friday 4th September. I encourage anyone interested in applying to log on to to access the online application process. Applicants will be required to undergo a range of assessments including physical fitness, psychometric tests, an interview and a security check.

“This Government has remained committed to our defence forces and has been good for the Curragh. Minister Coveney made a commitment to maintain Irish Defence Forces numbers at 9,500 which is hugely commendable. This recruitment campaign will now help to ensure that it happens and the Minister has said that there is an annual recruitment of approximately 350 General Service Recruits.

“A new White Paper on Defence, which will be launched later this month, will set out the path for the future of the Irish Defence Forces who represent us with such distinction abroad. I’ve worked closely with Minister Coveney on the White Paper and I am committed to the best possible outcomes for the future of the defence forces and in particular the Curragh Camp.”