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Army medics are being prepped to join the ‘national jabs emergency team’

This afternoon.

An ally in the war against rogue microbes.

Turning bayonets into syringes.

Grenades into gurnies.

Killing machines into life savers.

You get the picture.

Via The Irish Mirror

The army is currently having its medics trained-in to become part of the healthcare team that delivers the jabs.

Negotiations are at an “advanced” stage for existing testing centres, such as Croke Park, Punchestown racecourse and the Aviva Stadium to become mass vaccination centres.

They are already on standby for any logistical emergencies that arise, but negotiations have taken place between the HSE and the Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Mark Mellett, for the army to play a more active role….


Army being prepped to help vaccinate the public in mass rollout plan (Irish Mirror)


Ireland is in line to receive an additional 3.3 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine after the European Union extended its contract with the pharmaceutical companies.

This morning European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the deal was extended with a view to the European Union purchasing an extra 300 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Ms von der Leyen said delivery of the extra doses would start in the second quarter of this year…

Ireland to receive additional 3.3m Covid-19 vaccine doses under EU deal (RTÉ)


Stop that!


Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Demob happy celebrations following the Commissioning Ceremony of 67 new Irish Army officers, 18 Air Corps Officers and 6 Maltese Officers in the Printworks.




Maltese Officers (from left) Aaron Zammit and Neil Spiteri propose to (from left) Amy Zammit and  Nadesh Barbara at the end of the Commissioning Ceremony. They were among six Maltese recruits who had trained at the Cadet School in the Curragh.



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)

Saturday: See The World



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


The Curragh, County Kildare

The 56th Infantry Group completed the first week of their ‘mission readiness exercise’ in preparation for their forthcoming deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights in October.

Eamonn writes:

This phase of training is a culmination of three months of intensive preparation for deployment overseas. The Mission Readiness Exercise puts commanders and soldiers through a series of demanding scenarios based on potential threats that may be encountered in the mission area.

Troops secured, extracted and evacuated personnel involved in a complex scenario. The 56th Infantry Group will rotate into the mission area under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Dermot Hanifin. They have a wide range of capabilities including Armoured Force Protection, Patrolling and Mobility, Communications, Medical and Operational Expertise.


Defence Forces / RollingNews.ie



This afternoon.

Roger Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnell, Co Dublin

Early, possibly ill advised,livestock shooting sniper training for young tykes at an open day hosted by the Irish Defence Forces to mark the 100th anniversary of Roger Casement’s death.

Because nothing says ‘remembrance’ like getting your mitts around a .338 7.62mm ‘widow maker’, in fairness.

Earlier: Sandycove Remembers



We mean no harm.

UN and crowd control-loving rascals top from left Kate and Jonah Maguire, Chloe Connolly and Bailey Mckenna at the Baldonnell open day.



The government Lear 45 Jet at Baldonnell.


Just sitting there doing NOTHING.

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews



Co Monaghan.

Patrick Donohoe, of The Irish farmers Journal, writes:

Five heifers were allegedly shot by members of the armed forces on Tuesday as part of an alleged debt recovery exercise.

The Irish Farmers Journal has been contacted by the owners of the animals who allege that five of their heifers were shot by members of the army on a farm in Co Monaghan.

Watch: Cattle allegedly shot by army in debt dispute (Patrick Donohoe, The Irish Farmers Journal)

Farmer claims cattle should have been tranquilised rather than shot (Northern Sound)


The Hub Ireland writes:

Yesterday, The Hub – Ireland started to receive phone calls about animals being shot. From what we can gleam from emotional phone calls: in South Monaghan the farmer/owner was made bankrupt and the receivers moved in.
100 animals (beef bullocks and cows), well fed and well looked after were loaded onto a truck, six heifers could not be fitted in: bad loading: receivers kind of do that.
The owner said he would load the remaining 6, the answer was no.
Unsure of what to do he returned to his home: the next thing just amazes us. The remaining six animals they shot them dead with riffles,
And it get so much worse: like a plan comes together: They had a Licensed abottoir there to collect the bodies and cart them off to the market.

Aisling Nic Ardaile adds:

I can verify that yesterday at 11am the army surrounded the farm, opposite the family home. They were lined out in the field along the fence firing shots at the animals who tried to flee them. The owner was outside the house adjacent to one of the animals who had the army on the other side….

He tried to chase the animals so they wouldn’t get shot. Nearly getting himself shot in the process, but no matter, what help he could have tried to give the animal would have been useless as he was defenceless and trying to save his animals that he reared himself.

The Hub Ireland (Facebook)

UPDATE: A ‘Military Exercise’