Ombudsman for the Defence Forces

Media and Press Releases

2010 Annual Report

PRESS RELEASE: Ombudsman for the Defence Forces Releases Fifth Annual Report
(Issued on Tuesday, 21st June 2011)

Media Coverage:

Tuesday, 21st June 2011

RTÉ Radio One: ‘News at One’: Report by Joe O’Brien, Security Correspondent
Newstalk 106–108 FM: Report from the press conference and interview with the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces, Paulyn Marrinan Quinn SC
RTE.ie: ‘116 complaints to Defence Forces Ombudsman
IrishTimes.com: ‘Killeen ‘ignored’ Defence complaints’ by Conor Lally
Examiner.com: ‘Ombudsman anxious about public sector recruitment moratorium
TheJournal.ie: ‘Defence Forces Ombudsman says public sector moratorium affecting redress
BreakingNews.ie: ‘Defence Forces Ombudsman to publish annual report
RTÉ 2fm: ‘10am news bulletin’: Report on the launch of the annual report
98 FM: Report on the ODF Annual Report on the station’s news programme
Phantom 105.2 FM: ’5pm news bulletin’: Report on the ODF Annual Report
WLR FM: News bulletin: 'The Ombudsman for the Defence Forces will publish her annual report this morning'

Wednesday, 22nd June 2011
The Irish Times: 'Killeen failed to answer ombudsman's report' by Conor Lally

Irish Independent: 'Military complainats fall by half' by Tom Brady, Security Correspondent
The Evening Herald: 'Troops 'forced to retire at 30' by Sarah Stack

Irish Examiner: 'Complaints to Defence Forces' watchdog drop' by Cormac O'Keeffe
KFM: ‘Kildare Today’: interview with the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces, Paulyn Marrinan Quinn SC

Thursday, 11th August 2011
Medical Independent: 'Ombudsman critical of army's efforts to deal with doctor's complaint' by James Fogarty

2009 Annual Report

PRESS RELEASE: 'Ombudsman for Defence Forces Releases Fourth Annual Report'
(Issued on Tuesday, 8th June 2010)

Media Coverage:

Wednesday, 9th June 2010
The Irish Times: 'Army got 105 complaints in 2009, 27 from dismissed man' by Conor Lally, Crime Correspondent
Irish Examiner: 'Bullying dominates army complaints' by Juno McEnroe
Irish Independent: 'Most bullying complaints in air corps from sacked officer' by Tom Brady, Security Editor
Irish Daily Star: 'Troops make complaints over missed promotions'
Irish Daily Mail: 'Complaints to O'Dea 'sat on for months'' by Sean Kane
Independent.ie: 'Sacked air corps officer alleged bullying' by Tom Brady, Security Editor

Tuesday, 8th June 2010
RTÉ Radio 1: 12 o'clock news – interview with the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces, Paulyn Marrinan Quinn SC.
Newstalk: interview with Paulyn Marrinan Quinn for use on news bulletins throughout the day.
FM104 / UTV Radio: syndicated report, recorded from press conference.
RTE.ie: 'One third of army complaints over bullying'
Examiner.com: 'Army watchdog got 31 complaints last year'
IrishTimes.com: 'Over 100 defence forces complaints' by Conor Lally, Crime Correspondent, and Steven Carroll
Press Association online: 'Troops complain of missed promotion'
BreakingNews.ie: 'Promotion issues make up third of troops' complaints'
BelfastTelegraph.co.uk: 'Troops complain of missed promotion'

2008 Annual Report

PRESS RELEASE: 'Ombudsman for Defence Forces Releases Third Annual Report'
(Issued on Thursday, 28th May 2009)

Media Coverage

Friday, 29th May 2009
The Irish Times: 'Defence Forces complaints rise'
Irish Independent: 'Complaints to military ombudsman up by 39pc' by Fergus Black
Irish Examiner: 'Defence Forces reports big rise in cases probed' by Sean McCartaigh
Irish Daily Mail: 'Defence force grievances'
Irish Sun: ''Menace' gripes up for Army watchdog'

Thursday, 28th May 2009
IrishTimes.com: 'Cases to Defence Ombudsman rise' by Jason Michael and Steven Carroll
RTÉ: 'More cases for Defence Forces Ombudsman'
Today FM: 'Defence Forces complaints up by 39 per cent
Phantom FM: Ombudsman for Defence Forces releases annual report

July 2008
Emergency Services Ireland: 'Ombudsman up in arms over limited resources' by Grace Heneghan

Monday, 9th June 2008
The Irish Times: 'Defence complaints' (editorial)

Wednesday, 4th June 2008
The Irish Times: 'Talks 'ongoing' as Defence Forces ombudsman says office underfunded' by John Downes (with photograph by Bryan O'Brien)
Irish Examiner: 'Defence forces ombudsman disappointed at funding levels' by Cormac O'Keeffe (with photography by Marc O'Sullivan)
Irish Daily Star: 'Defence Forces gripes on rise'
Irish Daily Star: 'Numerous Lines of Defence' by David O'Brien
Irish Daily Mail: 'Defence Forces complaints have trebled'
Irish Daily Mirror: '76 Army complaints in a year' by Colm Kelpie
Metro: 'Military ombudsman gets busy'

Tuesday, 3rd June 2008
Irish Independent: 'Top officers lead surge in claims of military bullying' by Tom Brady
Evening Herald: 'Four bullying cases against Defence Forces' by Michael Lavery
RTÉ Television (RTÉ 1): 'One News' – report by Ray Colgan, including interview clip with Paulyn Marrinan Quinn SC
RTÉ Radio 1: interview on 'Morning Ireland' with Paulyn Marrinan Quinn SC (The following audio is courtesy of RTÉ Libraries and Archives)
RTÉ Radio 1: first / second lead news story on morning news bulletins
Newstalk: interview with Paulyn Marrinan Quinn SC
FM104: interview with Paulyn Marrinan Quinn SC
INN: interview with Paulyn Marrinan Quinn SC
Dublin South FM: interview with Paulyn Marrinan Quinn SC
RTÉ.ie: 'Army ombudsman sees sharp rise in cases'
Ireland.com (Breaking News section): 'Defence Forces complaints rise' by John Downes
The Press Association: 'Defence complaints treble in year')

2007 Annual Report

Tuesday, 3rd June 2008

PRESS RELEASE: 'Ombudsman for the Defence Forces Report Highlights Growth in Cases from Serving Members'
(Issued on Tuesday, 3rd June 2008)

Media Coverage

Sunday, 1st June 2008 (pre-launch coverage)
Sunday Business Post: 'Defence Forces report shows increase in cases' by Gavin Daly

2006 Annual Report

PRESS RELEASE: 'Ombudsman for the Defence Forces Issues First Annual Report'
(Issued on Tuesday, 15th May 2007)

Media Coverage

Sunday, 13th May 2007 (pre-launch coverage)
Sunday Business Post: '

Wednesday, 16th May 2007
The Irish Times, front pg, news digest 'Ombudsman cases', page 5 home news, 'Promotions feature in Defence Forces ombudsman cases' by Alison Healy and editorial, 'Important milestone'.
Irish Examiner, 'Defence Forces ombudsman says first year a success' by Juno McEnroe.
Daily Irish Mail, 'What about my stripes?' by Helen Bruce.
The Irish Daily Star, 'Soldiers' selection process to change'
Herald AM, News in brief, 'Army selection changes abroad'

Tuesday, 15th May 2007
RTÉ Radio One: 'Pat Kenny': interview between Paulyn Marrinan Quinn SC and Pat Kenny.
Today FM: 'Lunchtime News': 12.45pm package
2FM Newsbeat: 1pm and 4pm news bulletins
Ireland.com – breaking news – 'Forces ombudsman issues first report'
www.unison.ie – breaking news – 'Almost two-thirds of Defence Forces complaints upheld'