Needle And The Damage Done

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A delegation from PDFORRA met with the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces yesterday evening to highlight concerns over the conditions endured by troops stationed in the Phoenix Park for the papal visit over the weekend

The Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representatives Association (PDFORRA) said that they were aware of images online showing needles found close to where members of the Defence Forces were sleeping and resting….

RTÉ News understands that the President, Vice President and Deputy General Secretary of PDFORRA met with the chief of Staff, Mark Mellett this evening about their concerns.

PDFORRA meet Chief of Staff over ‘appalling’ Phoenix Park condition (RTÉ)

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Meanwhile…

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The Dull Irish: Irish troops furious after sickening ‘muck’ is served up for breakfast and dinner during Pope Francis protection op (The Irish Sun)

31 thoughts on “Needle And The Damage Done

  1. LeopoldGloom

    Outrage, outrage everywhere.

    These lads/ladies go to the Golan Heights and not an eyelid is batted, yet this is the big concern.

    Yes the Park, and Dublin City in general as a problem, but still

    1. Jeffrey

      Doesnt excuse the obvious lack of planning that went into the meals / sleeping arrangements for the soldiers, this ISNT the Golan’s Heights.

      1. dav

        Well one involves the UN which requires proper planning and oversight, the other is the usual “it’ll be all right on the night” stuff. Though I can’t but think this was punishment for some soldiers complaining about things BEFORE the weekend.

  2. GuessWho

    I was in the army. You are aware that you will sleep outside and eat poo food.
    Stop moaning. Softies

  3. Spud

    That grub looks miles better than my work canteen.
    In fairness, sounds like poor planning (shock!) once again.
    Why couldn’t they use local sports / school halls to house the army lads and ladies?

  4. Catherine costelloe

    I remember the homeless ( mostly Irish) waiting for takeaways to close at night and then raid the public bins nearby for scraps. Stop moaning.

    1. Nigel

      WHY OH WHY ARE THINGS THE WAY THEY ARE WILL THEY NEVER CHANGE?
      Aso:
      STOP MOANING.

      Sooner or later we’ll work it out

  5. Custo

    I’d say the people that were moved off the site so the army could play soldiers for the night out would kill for a breakfast like that.

  6. Starina

    Eh. They’re in the army? A camp out in the Phoenix Park is easier than their weekend training out in Wicklow?

  7. Nigel

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that complaining about sleeping conditions and grub is a thing done by literally every soldier there has ever been.

    1. Pip

      Lecter; What does he do, this man you seek?
      Starling; He defends his country?
      Lecter; NO, that is incidental. He complains.

    1. Paulus

      yeah I was wondering if that was scrambled egg under the…egg?
      You’d need to see the menu description for that:

      Prime fillet of succulent Irish pork sausage served on a bed of tender warmed-through beans in a tasty tomato sauce accompanied by a fresh free-range egg in original casing – all nestling on a base of…..?

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