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    Most have supplementary estimates at year end to...

    Most have supplementary estimates at year end to cover them for an expected overspend. Usually in the area of pay and overtime, but sometimes for urgent equipment replacement. i.e during Ireland...
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    To be honest, the difference is negligible.

    To be honest, the difference is negligible.
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    Ah, but to some in Irish Politics, mere mention...

    Ah, but to some in Irish Politics, mere mention of the word Defence in a European context means immediate abandonment of neutrality, followed by wholesale recruitment of all sons of Ireland (not...
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    Sticky: Poll: The casa has always been a fishery protection...

    The casa has always been a fishery protection asset first and foremost. This was not the case with the NS. The ships were also supposed to provide part of the defence of the state. The casa is not an...
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    By ether scale, even at under 1%(as it was pre...

    By ether scale, even at under 1%(as it was pre 1999) we would still be spending closer to €3bn per annum on defence.
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    Sticky: Poll: Shortly after her entry into service, L.E....

    Shortly after her entry into service, L.E. Deirdre bore the Pennant number FP-20. Not sure when the F was painted over, but it was like it was intended as a constant reminder: don't get any notions.
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    If we even brought our defence vote back to 1999...

    If we even brought our defence vote back to 1999 levels as a percentage, it would be an enormous boost for the Defence Forces.
    The question is, if we weren't getting it, where did the extra 0.79% of...
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    At least Iceland does the decent thing and lets...

    At least Iceland does the decent thing and lets foreign forces protect it's territory. No pretence of neutrality.
    Though looking at the cesspit that is the Journal.ie Comments yesterday, it is clear...
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    Sticky: Poll: I remember that the main armament on P20 (L60)...

    I remember that the main armament on P20 (L60) had a date of manufacture of 1948.
    Our DoD had a history of messing up military equipment purchases. Wasn't there a case in the 70s of some armoured...
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    Is it still under warranty? Major overhaul or...

    Is it still under warranty?
    Major overhaul or not, turboprops don't usually disintegrate. That's more common on a turbofan, after FOD or bird strike.
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    Poll: But we have nowhere to park them..... I'm...

    But we have nowhere to park them.....
    I'm wondering what costly upgrades were required to keep them in service until 2035. The negativity around the A400 is questionable. Interesting how the...
  12. Thread: navy

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    Could the proposed installation of floating wind...

    Could the proposed installation of floating wind turbines off the SW coast provide a platform for Radar, extending our view off our most exposed, busy but remote coast? It's a shame that with the...
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    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news...

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/irish-air-corps-plane-suffers-engine-failure-but-manages-to-glide-back-to-base-1.4496279?mode=amp&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Well done...
  14. PDFORRA Submission:...

    PDFORRA Submission:
    https://pdforra.ie/news/?p=1855


    (their full submission appears on their Members Facebook page)
  15. Word is a few of the Type 23 will be put out for...

    Word is a few of the Type 23 will be put out for disposal before time too, even though Argyll was to go in 2023, with one a year after that. Seems now first four will go together.
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    Poll: That's a big chip you are hauling there. Brown...

    That's a big chip you are hauling there. Brown shoes or black?
    Mod: Play the ball not the man
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    Poll: Best of luck buying one of the derelict sites in...

    Best of luck buying one of the derelict sites in Dublin to build a house on. You may think it's worth f-all until you develop it, but the market says otherwise. And you can take that from me, someone...
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    Poll: The difficulty handing over an unused portion of...

    The difficulty handing over an unused portion of Tralee Barracks to the DoJ for construction of a new courthouse is a prime example of this.
  19. Problem is the Permanent members of the UNSC.

    Problem is the Permanent members of the UNSC.
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    Exactly. The Crew at Culdrose are already pretty...

    Exactly. The Crew at Culdrose are already pretty busy. I doubt there will be a separate Tower crew there just to operate the digital tower?
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    Poll: The thing that is most unsettling is the "we know...

    The thing that is most unsettling is the "we know what's best" attitude on display by some in the DoD.
    The circles they went to get a civvy contractor (only 2 months later, when the DF got seats on...
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    Culdrose is a busy spot for it.

    Culdrose is a busy spot for it.
  23. The West does not want to be seen to interfere...

    The West does not want to be seen to interfere further in the affairs of Africa, lest they be accused of imperialism, and giving the extremists fodder.
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    Poll: Here we go again......

    Here we go again...
    https://www.thestory.ie/2021/02/23/discord-between-department-of-defence-and-the-defence-forces-over-repatriation-of-two-officers-from-peacekeeping-mission-in-africa/

    Ken...
  25. The borders of African states were not drawn by...

    The borders of African states were not drawn by Africans. This is partly the problem. Introduction of religion from outside Africa is another problem. The fact that most of the natural resources in...
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