Oh dear! Ireland admits it is powerless to defend itself as forces face funding black hole

The Sunday Independent reports today (Sunday) that the report will recommend the most far-reaching reforms of the Defence Forces to date.

These include a potential reduction to peacekeeping missions – which it says places a significant strain on the Irish army.

It will also call for renaming the Irish Air Corps and Naval Service, as well as asking for the military budget to be trebled.

The draft report, which is due to be finalised and delivered to Mr Coveney this coming week, is understood to admit that Ireland “is not equipped, postured or realistically prepared to conduct a meaningful defence of the State against a full spectrum force for any sustained period”.

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