Department of Defence (Ireland)

Department of Defence
Department overview
Formed 22 January 1919
Jurisdiction Ireland
Headquarters Station Road, Newbridge, County Kildare W12 AD93
53°10′50″N 6°47′45″W / 53.18042°N 6.79590°W / 53.18042; -6.79590
Ministers responsible
Department executive
Department of Defence headquarters in Newbridge, County Kildare.

The Department of Defence (DoD) (Irish: An Roinn Cosanta) is the department of the Government of Ireland that is responsible for preserving peace and security in Ireland. The department is led by the Minister for Defence who is assisted by one Minister of State.

Departmental team

The official headquarters of department are at Station Road, Newbridge, County Kildare. The departmental team consists of the following:


The Department of Defence was created at the very first meeting of Dáil Éireann on 21 January 1919. Over the years the role of the Department has remained exactly the same. The Department has been known simply as the Department of Defence since 1919, however on some occasions it has been coupled with the Marine portfolio.


The mission of the Department of Defence is to meet the needs of Government and the public by providing value for money defence and civil defence services and by co-ordinating and overseeing the emergency planning process via the Office of Emergency Planning (OEP). The Department is also concerned with ensuring the secure and stable environment necessary for economic growth and development in Ireland. The military budget was €1.005 Billion in 2007 (estimated) and €1.354 Billion in 2010.[1] By 2015 the budget had been cut to €885 Million and is projected to stay at that level until 2017 according to the latest Department of Finance report.[2]

The Department oversees the operations of the Irish Defence Forces whose roles are:

The Department has also had responsibility for the Irish Red Cross since 1939.

When not engaged in military operations at home or overseas, most defence organisations concentrate on training and preparation and not on the provision of non-military services. The Defence Forces have achieved very high levels of training and preparation in recent years while also providing a wide range of services to other Government Departments and agencies. The Defence Forces Training Centre at the Curragh Camp is staffed by 1,300 soldiers and 300 civilians.[3]

Records are maintained by the Irish Military Archives.


  1. See updated List of countries by military expenditures
  2. Government Budget Report - Expenditure Allocations 2015-17 (PDF) (Report). Department of Finance. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  3. Training numbers, 28 May 2011.

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