Óglaigh na hÉireann, more commonly referred to as the Irish Defence Forces, are the Force that Defends Ireland. Composed of an tArm, the Army; an tAerchór, the Air Corps; and an tSeirbhís Cabhlaigh, the Naval Service; the Irish Defense Forces boasts nearly 10,000 (9,981, according to The Other Wiki) active personnel, and 12,348 reserve personnel; and a €1 billion budget. The Defense forces main duty is to protect Ireland, in case neutrality fails to protect it. The Irish Defense Forces have maintained a presence in United Nations armed peacekeeping missions almost continuously since 1958, except for a four year period from 1974 to 1978. Admittedly, the Irish Defence Forces aren't one of the best equipped forces around, or even produce their own equipment, but There Is no Such Thing as Notability. In fiction, the actual Irish Defence Forces aren't terribly likely to show up, as they haven't really done much besides the UN work. This isn't helped by the fact that Irish people with serious military inclinations tend to go to the British armed forcesnote , which promise more "action", or to the French Foreign Legion if they have serious political objections to serving the British Crown. Counter-terrorism for those occasions when The Troubles spilled over into the Republic tended to be handled by the Gardaí. However, the Irish Defence Forces can trace their lineage back to the original Irish Republican Army, specifically the part of the IRA that pledged its loyalty to the Irish Free State/the pro-Treaty side of the Irish Civil War.
The ArmyThe Army is made up of several components:
The Air Corps
The Naval Service