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  1. Para beret for everyone who serves in the...

    Para beret for everyone who serves in the Parachute Battalion, they don't necessarily have to be para-qualified.
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    Let's just say we have had very different...

    Let's just say we have had very different experiences.



    2018-2019. 2020 has been a complete dead loss due to Covid.
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    I'm sorry but I have seen the opposite - I know 2...

    I'm sorry but I have seen the opposite - I know 2 or 3 people who have done everything they could to get out and it has been blocked at every attempt. One guy filled out the form in triplicate in...
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    I know several who tried to get out and their...

    I know several who tried to get out and their paperwork was "lost" or excuses made multiple times. It was made clear to one that he was wasting his time trying to get out and that they were worried...
  5. Kevin Myers got scalped, but George Hook did the...

    Kevin Myers got scalped, but George Hook did the scalping - he was put on leave for 2 weeks, the SJW who went after him lost her job.
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    I think you did a graph 10 years ago that showed...

    I think you did a graph 10 years ago that showed the RDF being finished in 2016. It is still round.
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    BUT the prerequisites state that you must have...

    BUT the prerequisites state that you must have your TOETs done.

    Training syllabi usually state that Students should arrive on courses with their abs 220 stating that they have their TOETs done by...
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    In 2008, recruitment stopped. For the next couple...

    In 2008, recruitment stopped. For the next couple of years they was non stop complaining that recruitment was the life blood of the RDF. All effort was put into getting recruitment back and almost...
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    Yes you are but it was a throw-away comment by me...

    Yes you are but it was a throw-away comment by me that I think you read too much into. Not important at all.
  10. My Bad.

    My Bad.
  11. Royal Navy had Sea King AEW.2 with Searchwater...

    Royal Navy had Sea King AEW.2 with Searchwater radar on the previous carriers - Merlin replacement being developed. The Sea Kings weren't as good as a proper AEW system but they were far better than...
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    I meant that the RDF side were waiting for the...

    I meant that the RDF side were waiting for the regulations to be finalised before they would kick up a storm. It was the RDF side who were "doing nothing about it" until it came time to sign...
  13. It seems that the US pilots are very impressed...

    It seems that the US pilots are very impressed with HMS Queen Elizabeth.
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    I remember that - Designed to fail as per normal...

    I remember that - Designed to fail as per normal SOP. From my understanding, the regulations were still being drafted at the time but it would have said that RDF would have to resign, no matter what...
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    No you didn't - had this out with someone before,...

    No you didn't - had this out with someone before, the "criteria" were written in such a way that it was impossible to meet them. People read them, interpretted them to mean one thing. But Q staff...
  16. Ireland has lowest government expenditure on defence to GDP in EU: Eurostat

    Eurostat, the EU equivalent of the CSO, has released figures for Government Spending on Defence across the EU.

    Irelands has 0.3% expenditure to GDP, the lowest in the EU by far. The next nearest...
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    It would be handy if you actually read my posts -...

    It would be handy if you actually read my posts - this is the 2nd one you didn't. I have now underlined my point.
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    Been reading up on my Law - Dáil Standing Orders....

    Been reading up on my Law - Dáil Standing Orders. Returning Officer returns the writs to the Dáil Clerk who notified members that their presence is required. A elected official is not deemed a TD...
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    And I agree with you on that....but that is not...

    And I agree with you on that....but that is not got anything to do with what I said.



    Pretty sure there are a heap of laws....and expectations. I'll get back to you on this.
    Plenty of...
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    Taoiseach not being elected makes no difference,...

    Taoiseach not being elected makes no difference, you have to be there. And I am assuming that by a "Pair", you mean TDs? What pair? There is not Government Party, there is no Opposition....there is...
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    No TD in their right mind would do that - this...

    No TD in their right mind would do that - this was a vote for Taoiseach, there is no give and take. Seeing as there were 4 votes, are you suggesting that 4 TDs back out of the vote...and what about...
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    I have to disagree. Yes, the Minister & Minister...

    I have to disagree. Yes, the Minister & Minister of State have treated the DF fairly badly in the last few years but yesterdays vote, as pointless as it was, was something that no TD or Minister...
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    Because a Postal vote is for those who are not...

    Because a Postal vote is for those who are not able to vote in their own constituency (for a good reason) - Islanders are able to and do. Postal votes are the exception, not the rule.
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    Auldsod, It was noticed, and complained about and...

    Auldsod, It was noticed, and complained about and representation made....but there is a difference between not noticing and knowing that there is nothing you can do about it.
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    In my experience, I never ever saw such an...

    In my experience, I never ever saw such an occurance - RDF always showed up for the duty, the few that we got. I remember even seeing 1 extra soldier being told to show up in case someone else didn't...
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