Shambolic state of the Defence Forces shows Government doesn’t take the idea of a united Ireland seriously

If a united Ireland came suddenly and loyalists went on a murderous rampage, what would happen? Based on the current Irish Defence Forces, the insurgents would be faced with something closer to Dad’s Army than the British forces which struggled to contain 30 years of sectarian slaughter.

n many ways, the strength of the Irish Army is a crude barometer of how seriously the Republic takes the possibility of unity. The shambolic state of the Defence Forces reflects the Government’s belief that a united Ireland is not remotely close.