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  1. 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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    Hah, That pic shows the Scorpions, BVs and AML90s...

    Hah, That pic shows the Scorpions, BVs and AML90s outside the Globe Hotel - AMLs are in the background.
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    Brits were petrified of them....but also realised...

    Brits were petrified of them....but also realised that they were of limited use in the FI due to the terrain. They also expected the Scorpions & Scimitars to be of limited use, hence why they only...
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    Has happened to irish troops in the past - Battle...

    Has happened to irish troops in the past - Battle of At-Tiri required an AML-90 to be able to take on DFF forces and Dutch TOW equipped M113s kept Israeli tanks at bay. Nothing puts manners on people...
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    The NATO standard would be 105mm or 120mm for AT...

    The NATO standard would be 105mm or 120mm for AT duties. Seeing as these guns would likely tip over the P111 if fired (Australian experiments with 105mm led to the ASLAV overturning every time it...
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    I prefer the US Military solution - a dedicated...

    I prefer the US Military solution - a dedicated unit whose job it is to deal with graves and funerals. Such a thing could easily be done in Ireland if we had the manpower etc. but is a big ask in the...
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    APOs and POs don't have advisors & they are...

    APOs and POs don't have advisors & they are working within the budget....set by the Minister or Minister for Finance/PER. As I said, they have been handed a projects that requires X money but they...
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    I think you are getting people mixed up - the...

    I think you are getting people mixed up - the Project Managers are not the decision makers. The Decision makers make the decisions and the project managers are required to manage projects that they...
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    The research by Jonathon Carroll - “Relying on...

    The research by Jonathon Carroll - “Relying on the goodwill of the individual, and luck The Problematic Nature of Utilising The Army Reserve Skills Base in The Single Force Concept" makes for very...
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    And those awful "Dunnes Stores" type rain jackets...

    And those awful "Dunnes Stores" type rain jackets where the jacket was too small and the pants was too big.
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    Going on the ground for a few days. Sections were...

    Going on the ground for a few days. Sections were issued SINCGARS C radios. I had the course done so I started setting it up only to find that it was dead, even when the battery was changed -...
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    I don't know what army you are in but in this...

    I don't know what army you are in but in this mans army, to question why things are done the way they are and suggesting improvements are a mugs game. I've done it, I've done it many times. Your...
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    I liked the Pullover with DPMs - As Apod said,...

    I liked the Pullover with DPMs - As Apod said, not very practical in inclement weather but I thought it looked well. I imagine the NS version would look good too.
  23. Thread: FESSEF Medal

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    You also have the 1916 Survivors medal and Truce...

    You also have the 1916 Survivors medal and Truce Commemoration medal. These are also official commemoration medals but similar to the 1916 Commemoration medal.



    It does cause a lot of issues -...
  24. Thread: 84mm upgrade

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    Or could be similar to the Javelin - a small...

    Or could be similar to the Javelin - a small blast fires the missile out of the tube and then the main rocket engages once it is clear. If you look at a Javeline being fired, there is very little...
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    Ok, I will not question the reasoning of "them"...

    2/ Agreed.Yet there are already two different versions of subdued tricolour on issue and not just for "them".Oh and the tricolour on the NSV-DPM was deliberately left hi-viz.[/QUOTE]

    Ok, I will...
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