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    Default Dermot Earley dies aged 62

    Confirmed on RTE website

    RTÉ News: Dermot Earley dies aged 62

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    Now confirmed. Just gone on RTE.

    RTÉ News: Dermot Earley dies aged 62

    The former Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Dermot Earley, has died.

    A winner of two GAA All-Stars, he was 62 and had been ill for several months.

    He retired early from the Defence Forces earlier this month, although he was not due to stand down until next spring.

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    Statement by the Defence Forces.....

    It is with great sadness that the Defence Forces have learned of the death
    of former Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Dermot Earley, at the age of
    62.

    General Earley, who retired from the Defence Forces on the 13th of June, had
    been ill for a number of months.

    Reacting to news of General Earley’s death, the Chief of Staff of the
    Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Sean McCann said:

    “I am deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Lieutenant General
    Dermot Earley. He was a man of exceptional personal qualities, who made an
    enormous contribution to the Defence Forces throughout his 44 years of
    distinguished service. He was a hugely talented officer, whose personal
    charm and charisma, together with his extraordinary leadership skills, won
    him universal respect and admiration throughout the organisation and the
    entire country. He was an officer of keen intellect who focussed his many
    talents and abilities on modernising the Defence Forces and on enhancing the
    reputation of the organisation both at home and overseas. An iconic figure,
    General Earley represented the Defence Forces, both nationally and
    internationally, in a manner that instilled pride and confidence in those he
    commanded. General Earley was a gifted sportsman and a man of unique
    interpersonal skills, whose conduct was the very essence of inspirational
    leadership. On behalf of the Defence Forces, I would like to extend my
    deepest condolences to his wife Mary and to his family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh
    a ainm dílis.”

    As Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Earley oversaw the deployment of the significant
    Defence Forces contribution to the Chad Mission. This deployment
    demonstrated increased force projection and logistics capability by the
    Defence Forces and advanced the Defence Forces ability to operate in adverse
    environments. He also directed key initiatives in equipment purchases,
    personnel practices and education, positioning the Defence Forces as an
    organisation where best practice and modern technologies are accepted as the
    norm and where personnel are key enablers to all Defence Force capabilities.

    In April, General Earley was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
    with Honour by An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen. The citation with the medal read:
    "For outstanding qualities of leadership, resource and devotion to duty as
    Chief of Staff in successfully commanding the Defence Forces for his period
    as Chief of Staff and for his distinguished service with the United
    Nations."

    Lt Gen Earley was born in 1948 and joined the Defence Forces as a Cadet in
    1965. He was commissioned into the Infantry Corps in 1967 and appointed a
    Platoon Commander in the Recruit Training Depot at the Curragh. He
    specialised in Physical Training and Education and was appointed an
    Instructor at the Army School of Physical Culture (ASPC) in 1969. He
    completed a specialist Diploma in physical education at St. Mary’s College
    Twickenham in 1971.

    He held a variety of operational and administrative appointments in the
    Curragh Command and completed the First Ranger Course in the Defence Forces,
    which led to the establishment of Special Operations Training and the
    formation of the Army Ranger Wing (ARW).

    Following a period as Assistant Command Adjutant at Curragh Command
    Headquarters (HQ), General Earley was appointed School Commandant of the
    ASPC. From 1983 to 1987 he worked as a Staff Officer for overseas operations
    and later current operations in the Chief of Staff’s Branch at Defence
    Forces Headquarters (DFHQ). On return from an overseas posting in 1991 he
    was appointed an instructor at the Command & Staff School of the Military
    College and in 1994/95 he helped establish the United Nations Training
    School Ireland (UNTSI) in the Military College.

    On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 1995, he commanded the 27th Infantry
    Battalion headquartered in Dundalk, and held further appointments as Officer
    In Charge (OIC) of Conciliation and Arbitration and OIC Public Relations at
    DFHQ. He was promoted to Colonel in 2001 and held the appointments of
    Director of Administration and Director of Personnel before been selected
    for promotion to Brigadier General in December 2003. General Earley was
    promoted to Major General in Feb 2004 and was appointed Deputy Chief of
    Staff (Support). He was appointed Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces by
    the Government on 28 June 2007.

    Lt Gen Earley had extensive overseas service. He served with the United
    Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East from 1975
    to 1977, and was Adjutant of the 52 Infantry Battalion with the United
    Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 1982/83. From 1987 to 1991 he
    served as the Deputy Military Advisor to the Secretary General of the UN at
    UN Headquarters in New York. Lt Gen Earley commanded the 81st Infantry
    Battalion with UNIFIL in 1997.

    Lt Gen Earley played Gaelic football for Roscommon for twenty years (1965 –
    1985) and was the holder of five Connaught Senior medals, 2 All Star Awards,
    1 National League medal (1979), 1 U21 All Ireland Medal (1966) An All
    Ireland runners up Medal (1980) and 2 Railway Cup Medals.

    He is survived by his mother Kitty, his wife Mary, his Sons David, Dermot
    and Conor, his daughters Paula, Ann-Marie and Noelle, his daughter-in-law
    Sinead, his grandson Oisin and by his brothers Paul and Peter, and his
    sisters Margaret and Denise.

    A military funeral will take place for Lt Gen Earley, the details of which
    will be announced later.

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    Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé. I hope the false posters of yesterday who wrongly put up this are dealt with.
    You'd think Kenny committed Treason and brought in IMF. Cowen had all in stitches in Galway at 3.30a.m.but he was "not impaired" -DD Power. FF=Publican páirtí an IMF.

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    RIP. A legendary Rossie and a thorough gentleman. I treasure the shirt he wore in 1980 Connacht Final.

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    A gentleman to the core.

    May he rest in peace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomas Mor View Post
    Ar Dheis Dé go raibh sé. I hope the false posters of yesterday who wrongly put up this are dealt with.
    AYE...and those who posted it today without a link!

    All who knew Dermot knew how sick he was...seems like there were some who HAD to be first to announce...POOR SHOW!!
    When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.

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    the greatest footballer never to win an all-ireland medal

    RIP

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    Flags being lowered at barracks around the country now.

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    Default Former Army chief of staff Dermot Earley dies aged 62

    RTÉ News: Dermot Earley dies aged 62
    The former Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Dermot Earley, has died.

    A winner of two GAA All-Stars, he was 62 and had been ill for several months.

    He retired early from the Defence Forces earlier this month, although he was not due to stand down until next spring.

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