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    Fair enough

    Fair enough
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    According to the Irish Times article, they fired...

    According to the Irish Times article, they fired off all the ammo at a range before leaving the weapons behind.

    Can anyone give a (good, bad, or indifferent) reason why this was necessary, and...
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    In view of the fact the people got back safe and...

    In view of the fact the people got back safe and the weapons are not going to fall into bad hands (presumably), not a big deal, I'd have thought. One would presume the next people passing through...
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    Funny, it doesn’t say which port or ports it will...

    Funny, it doesn’t say which port or ports it will be sailing to in the US
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    I never knew that!

    I never knew that!
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    Poll: How do the USAF and RAF do it, with commercial...

    How do the USAF and RAF do it, with commercial pilots in the Reserve? Could their model be copied?
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    Yea, but a lot of those people are annoyed at the...

    Yea, but a lot of those people are annoyed at the thought of the Gardaí shooting back at them and their friends. It’s not supposed to be a two-way range!
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    Poll: Have a Special Reserve and legislation protecting...

    Have a Special Reserve and legislation protecting employees when called up for duty (and requiring employers to give X amount of time off per year to reserve members). Job done.
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    I’d forgotten that one! :n:)

    I’d forgotten that one! :n:)
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    He enjoyed it, he spent the trip on deck -...

    He enjoyed it, he spent the trip on deck - luckily enough it was good weather!
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    A few years ago, some friends from the US were...

    A few years ago, some friends from the US were over, including their father, Marvin (in his 70’s). We got the ferry over to Ireland with them, and Marvin was very excited, he said it was his first...
  12. An.interesting read (and quite well written!)

    An.interesting read (and quite well written!)
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    It was late, I missed it passing over my head...

    It was late, I missed it passing over my head :biggrin:
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    They hardly used a chopper for that? That's what...

    They hardly used a chopper for that? That's what the PC12 was for, I'd have thought.
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    Paperwork for somebody...

    Paperwork for somebody...
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    Minister of Defence? Slim to nil, the Civil...

    Minister of Defence? Slim to nil, the Civil Service would either go on strike, or swamp the HSE with Strokes and Heart Attacks :biggrin:
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    As he knows he is caretaker only, therefore has...

    As he knows he is caretaker only, therefore has not got the same interests to keep happy, is he trying to do something for the good of the country, rather than the usual political motivation of...
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    Would it be worth putting the entire operation...

    Would it be worth putting the entire operation under an EU flag and nations seconding personnel to it? This may be a way of overcoming the difficulties associated with approval by individual nations...
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    As ever, the comments section is eye watering,...

    As ever, the comments section is eye watering, and included the obligatory Russian bot.
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    What would happen in real-world mobilisation? Bus...

    What would happen in real-world mobilisation? Bus Eireann and CIE would be pressed into service presumably. So use them for exercise. Adapt, improvise, overcome!
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    I hope that’s not a euphemism :eek:

    I hope that’s not a euphemism :eek:
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    I imagined you issued with a slouch hat and...

    I imagined you issued with a slouch hat and leather bandolier :-D
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    You're making it sound better and better...

    You're making it sound better and better...
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    I can't imagine a scenario where Ireland would...

    I can't imagine a scenario where Ireland would want to transport 80 APC's in an operational capacity short of it becoming involved in a full-scale European war and sending an expeditionary force - in...
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    I’m surprised how large the cargo hatch is!

    I’m surprised how large the cargo hatch is!
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