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PDFORRA Agreement on Lansdowne Road Agreement Welcome

Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has today (Monday) welcomed confirmation by PDFORRA, the Representative Association for army personnel, that following consultation with their membership that they propose to now enter into the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

“I am aware that discussions have been ongoing between PDFORRA and officials from the Departments of Defence and Public […]

2017-03-27T16:19:52+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Army, Press Release|

860 New Recruits for Defence Forces for 2017 – Applications Open Now

Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has welcomed further recruitment opportunities in the Defence Forces as a boost for Kildare residents and a sign of the commitment of the Government to retain the strength of the force at 9,500 personnel.

“The recruitment of 860 new recruits in 2017 is significant and will include general service […]

2017-02-28T13:28:26+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Army, Defence, Press Release|

Stronger Legislation may be needed to deal with Illegal Encampments on the Curragh

Fine Gael Kildare South TD Martin Heydon has today (Friday) said that legislative change may be needed to more fully address the issue of illegal encampments on the Curragh Plains.  This follows discussions he has had with Gardai and Department of Defence officials in recent weeks as a number of recent encampments were dealt with.

“Illegal […]

2016-10-23T07:19:59+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|Army, Bloodstock, Kildare Town, Newbridge, Press Release, Suncroft|

Further Army Recruitment Confirmed

Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has welcomed confirmation this week from Minister for Defence Simon Coveney that a new recruitment campaign for the permanent defence forces has now commenced.  This recruitment campaign aims to recruit 600 new general service personnel for 2016 and a further 850 to serve for 2017.

“This Government has committed […]

2016-10-23T07:20:00+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Army, Press Release|

Cadet Commissioning Ceremony at the Curragh Camp

I was delighted to attend the Commissioning Ceremony of the 91st Cadet Class at the Defence Forces Training Centre in the Curragh Camp today with Minister for Defence Simon Coveney.  The Minister was welcomed to the Camp by the Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett.

Twenty Cadets were commissioned as officers of the Permanent Defence […]

2016-10-23T07:20:00+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Army, Kildare Town, Newbridge, Press Release|