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    Paywalled.

    Paywalled.
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    Sticky: I believe the Irish element of the Mali operation...

    I believe the Irish element of the Mali operation (MINUSMA) is so small(14) it does not justify the logistics of us bringing our own vehicles, it's easier to use vehicles provided by the lead unit....
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    Now I'm gone from the reserve since 2011 but...

    Now I'm gone from the reserve since 2011 but could it be the case that the reason the troops struggled with body armour etc is that the reserve are not given the same access to them as the PDF? ...
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    That's a pretty damning comment on the state of...

    That's a pretty damning comment on the state of the reserve. When there was no such thing as fitness tests I could understand, but the gulf shouldn't be noticeably wide any more.
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    It is a pity then that our airspace extends much...

    It is a pity then that our airspace extends much further north, south eas and west from those airports.
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    Speek engrish man. The Air Corps have no primary...

    Speek engrish man.
    The Air Corps have no primary radar. They have no access to Irish ATC information. They barely have access to the Airspace within the don itself. Anything taking off needs...
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    Were they willing to point out where our primary...

    Were they willing to point out where our primary radar are? Because otherwise, the man spoke the truth that was nor a secret.
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    What time was the commissioning held?

    What time was the commissioning held?
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    Sticky: RTE are ignoring it though.

    RTE are ignoring it though.
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    Sticky: Does Gerry need to campaign to keep his seanad...

    Does Gerry need to campaign to keep his seanad seat or was he one of the nominates?
    It does strike me as being a tad echo chamberish. Like here, we all have good ideas( though they are actual...
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    The finns also, in the 90s managed to jump from...

    The finns also, in the 90s managed to jump from ancient saab draken and mig 21 to F18. The rest of their military air arm otherwise bore striking similarities to ours. They also used fougas,...
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    Sticky: Indeed. Lots of difficult questions being asked...

    Indeed.
    Lots of difficult questions being asked at this event.
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    Ever since we replaced the sea fires with...

    Ever since we replaced the sea fires with vampires we have been downgrading our air defence capability. We went from the equivalent of the F16 of its day to a 1st gen jet trainer, which we replaced...
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    https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland...

    https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/ireland-is-most-vulnerable-for-defence-security-conference-told-983986.html

    Similar report from the same event from a different source. Must be...
  15. The professional association might have numerous...

    The professional association might have numerous issues too.
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    No pair would have happened in the absence of a...

    No pair would have happened in the absence of a government. That said, there was a long gap between the vote to elect taoiseach and the vote to elect CC. Most of the tds in the interim spent the time...
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    The minister for justice Charlie Flanagan found...

    The minister for justice Charlie Flanagan found his way to Garda passing out today.
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    Surely there was a recently unseated minister who...

    Surely there was a recently unseated minister who could have gone to represent the government?
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    Sticky: So much synthetic materials there they probably...

    So much synthetic materials there they probably wouldn't sink, no matter how many holes you put in them.
    The LCS plan was a very expensive mistake. A cutter type vessel would have provided the same...
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    Zero excuse. The dail did resume today, but...

    Zero excuse. The dail did resume today, but plenty of time between events to show his despicable face. Clearly those who called themselves minister have already moved on.
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    Frigate Factory Being Built on the Clyde. It...

    Frigate Factory Being Built on the Clyde. It appears tey think the Irish NS will want one, if only we had the crew...

    https://www.savetheroyalnavy.org/britain-gets-a-new-frigate-factory/
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    At least the person who really runs the Defence...

    At least the person who really runs the Defence Forces Was there. Maurice Quinn.
    The CoS was also present.
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    Largest class to date got their swords today....

    Largest class to date got their swords today.
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“Oifigigh Nua... lig amach!” Comdt Gary Walsh, 95th Cadet Class Officer, gives the final...
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    Timely clip from DFPO.

    Timely clip from DFPO.
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/U65BsBZmn2M" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope;...
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    Sticky: The USN never realy replaced their old LSTs like...

    The USN never realy replaced their old LSTs like for like. Their current amphibs are mostly lightly armed large floating targets that require the protection of escorts. They make a huge scene...
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