We’re still militarily neutral.
You forgot your guns in anyhow.
Curragh Plains, county Kildare.
Earlier: “In This Conflict, Ireland Is Not Neutral”
Army medics are being prepped to join the ‘national jabs emergency team’
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)
College Street, Dublin 2.
Name that APC, anyone?
Pic by Nick
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.
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