Irish Defence Forces Official Launch of ‘Defend With Pride’, the LGBTA Network


The Defend With Pride committee with the Chief of Staff

This week (11th October) Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, attended the official launch of Defend With Pride, the Irish Defence Forces LGBTA Network.

Speaking at the event, the Chief of Staff highlighted the importance of diversity for both personnel and the organisation, stating:
“The provision and fostering of a diverse and inclusive workplace environment, reflective of Irish society, is our Moral Duty and, for the Defence Forces, it means better decision making, better agility, better resilience.”


Brian Sheehan of GLEN (2nd from left) Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM (3rd from left) Catherine Vaughan of Ernst & Young (4th from left) and Chairperson of Defend With Pride Richard Muldarry (5th from left) with members of the committee at the launch

At the launch were a number of guest speakers, including Brian Sheehan, Executive Director of GLEN, and Ms Catherine Vaughan, from Ernst & Young, who is a Senior Manager, Role Model and Diversity Champion, who spoke on inclusive workplaces.

The official launch is also part of the Defence Forces involvement with GLEN’s Diversity Champions Programme.


Defend With Pride, the LGBTA Network, is a resource for all Defence Force personnel. It aims to provide support, information and guidance for LGBT personnel and Allies, who wish to support colleagues, friends and family.


Chairperson of Defend With Pride, Sgt Richard Muldarry (right) and Sgt Sue Brennan Secretary (left)

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