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    Given that the EU mission has been stood down...

    Given that the EU mission has been stood down anyway and seems unlikely to start up again given Italy's continued position isn't it more just a statement of fact? I mean it's not like there were...
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    Varadkar speaking about the situation in the Daíl...

    Varadkar speaking about the situation in the Daíl today
    https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2019/0709/1061087-navy/
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    As bad as the crisis is, think this is the most...

    As bad as the crisis is, think this is the most attention the DF numbers have been getting in public and politics for years at this stage.
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    Sticky: Oh I know, but really given how surprising it is...

    Oh I know, but really given how surprising it is to even have them mentioned it's not surprising that they went with a stock photo.
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    He'll have no choice, the alternative would be...

    He'll have no choice, the alternative would be cutting services at the end of the budget cycle and politically more unacceptable than a supplementary budget particularly with an election hovering in...
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    Not sure if this is the right spot or not but the...

    Not sure if this is the right spot or not but the Examiner is saying that €9m is to be spent on housing on the Naval Base:...
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    The Government/DOD's briefing note to...

    The Government/DOD's briefing note to TD's/Senators on their position:
    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/government-dismisses-wildly-inaccurate-claims-about-defence-forces-1.3911301
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    From the Daíl...

    From the Daíl today:https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/taoiseach-acknowledges-stinging-criticism-about-state-of-defence-forces-1.3908222
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    Ryan last night was already saying he'd want to...

    Ryan last night was already saying he'd want to pull out of PESCO as part of any coalition...
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    FFS, what a joke from the Department that...

    FFS, what a joke from the Department that attempted to block it, was it going to cost too much for them? As you say an MRV if it's used extensively for International operations would be a handy tool...
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    Something from Babcock on the Arrowhead 140,...

    Something from Babcock on the Arrowhead 140, though given they were meant to be going to the 120 it's interesting that they are still promoting the 140:


    https://youtu.be/DqsUBl_esVE
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    Sticky: Is that you're opinion of the Vard design?

    Is that you're opinion of the Vard design?
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    Aisling was sold to them (or one of the factions)...

    Aisling was sold to them (or one of the factions) by the shipping agent that bought her from the auction.
    And yeah short of putting in a full occupation force I don't see much option given how Libya...
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    Sticky: Gotland may not be such a place given the Swedes...

    Gotland may not be such a place given the Swedes are remilitarising it due to concerns over Russian actions, not sure they'd want the complexity of a multinational training installation on top of...
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    Sticky: Course they would, without realising that Health...

    Course they would, without realising that Health would blow that in weeks at best given how small it actually is.
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    Sticky: True, however either way it's a budget beast that...

    True, however either way it's a budget beast that consumes as much as it can get and just turn around for more, I mean how many "top up" budgets have been equal to a chunk of the entire DF budget?
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    Sticky: To me (and I'm open to correction) it's been a...

    To me (and I'm open to correction) it's been a feature of the DOD since the foundation of the state, with spending on defence being seen as something to be prevented, from the state of play before...
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    Sticky: Good God! That's crazy thinking that is, the DOD...

    Good God! That's crazy thinking that is, the DOD actually working to make the DF more effective and capable?
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    Sticky: To be fair think it's more the TDs and DOD that...

    To be fair think it's more the TDs and DOD that are the issue there rather than the services themselves.
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    Sticky: I see Damen had a Crossover design for the...

    I see Damen had a Crossover design for the Singapore requirements as well at IMDEX...
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    Sticky: Interesting that they mention that they have a...

    Interesting that they mention that they have a customer for the LST but no mention on any interest in the other design?
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    Sticky: So how did the Perry class frigates for example...

    So how did the Perry class frigates for example handle two Seahawks (for the later flight) with two separate hangers mange with a much smaller beam than what is proposed in this design?
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    Sticky: Why? If the scale shown above is right then other...

    Why? If the scale shown above is right then other navies have operated hulls with such sized doors in the Atlantic before?
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    Sticky: Rosslare is still tied into Fishguard due to an...

    Rosslare is still tied into Fishguard due to an Act of Parliament that set the railway company back in the 19th century, it's why Iarnród Éireann still run it, it would take Westminster passing an...
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    Sticky: And of course given we are talking about a hull...

    And of course given we are talking about a hull that's going to be around for 30+ years it makes sense to stick as much potential capability as can be afforded and see what will come up.
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