"The Army Reserve is organised into three Brigades: 1st Reserve Brigade (South), 2nd Reserve Brigade (East), and 4th Reserve Brigade (West).
There is also a Reserve Defence Forces Training Authority (RDFTA) based in the Defence Forces Training Centre in the Curragh. In addition there are 3 air defence batteries which are not part of the brigade structure but report directly to the 1 Air Defence Regiment (PDF) in the Curragh. They are territorially located, 2 Air Defence battery in the Eastern Brigade. 3 and 4 Air Defence Batteries in the Southern Brigade."
2d,3rd and 4th batts are RDF I am sure.
Could you perhaps explain to your peers why a sovereign state such as ireland will not be allowed by foreign states to determine its own foreign policy . And also explain why im a spoofer for pointing this out also as a lack of sovereignty .
theres a good chap . All ears etc.
I was referring to your ridiculous point about Lebanon accepting free equipment from Russia.
If the point of that was to suggest that Ireland do the same, it is pure waltering.
We could not afford to train personnel or maintain and operate such aircraft - either MiG29s or Mi25/35s - so there is no pont in accepting such free gifts.
On the point you did quote, it is called realpolitik.
Our closest economic ties are with, in order of importance, the UK, EU and US. Our closest social, cultural and historical ties are with, again in order of importance, the UK, US and EU.
It is in our national interest to maintain those links - not damage them by establishing military links with their traditional military rival. The Cold War may have thawed but it still exists to a degree and has the potential to flare up again over a number of issues, such as energy supply, Georgia, US missile defence, Iran, etc.
Were Ireland to form such military ties with Russia as you suggest, the US, UK and EU simply would not accept it as it would pose a strategoic threat to all three. They all have more pressure points to use on Ireland which if pressed, would do more damage to the Irish economy and Irish life that would far outweigh any benefits ties with from Russia. That is the cold, hard reality of the situation and no amount of bleating about sovereignty will change that.
Why does the Government allow US troops transit through Shannon to Iraq and Afghanistan - apart from the fact that both operations have UN mandates and we have a duty under the UN charter to cooperate with the implementation of those mandates? Simple, it is in our national interest not to piss off the US - especially so now when the Irish economy is on its knees. The Government, including the Greens, and main opposition parties recognise that - despite the rantings of Sinn Fein, PANA and other left wing groups.
Your utterly unrealistic and myopic suggestion is formed more by your blind hatred of the UK, US and EU than what is in Ireland's national interest.
As I said, Walter Mitty stuff.