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    Department of Defence - Press Releases

    Department of Defence - Speeches

    Ireland has a very large sea area, which is 10 times the size of our land mass. Indeed, if our sea territory was counted in addition to our land mass, Ireland would be one of the largest countries of the European Union. Ireland is also a very significant trading nation with a very open economy, reliant on safe and secure sea-lanes for trade and goods. This raises very particular security challenges, not alone in terms of Irelandís responsibilities and obligations as a member of the Union at the forefront of the EUís maritime borders, but also in terms of countering inappropriate or illegal use of our waters by organised crime in drug and people trafficking which impacts directly on our citizens security.
    The purpose of this seminar is to raise awareness of the role that maritime surveillance and security can play as an economic enabler right across the Union, contributing to the European Union Jobs, Growth and Innovation strategy. It is also designed to raise awareness and identify approaches to support Europeís security needs in countering criminal activity occurring in its maritime environment and in the international sea-lanes which are essential to the maintenance of the Unionís international trade.
    The Unionís maritime domain faces many threats and challenges that have the potential to adversely impact on the security and safety of the Union as a whole, both for its citizens and its economy. The threats to the security of the Union include, amongst others, illegal immigration, terrorism, piracy and drug trafficking. None of these threats can be addressed by individual Member States and addressing this reality is a key focus of todayís seminar.
    As the sea is an open environment, threats related to safety and security cannot be dealt with by individual Member States acting alone, but require the combined efforts of all Member States and a wide range of State actors. The combined efforts of the Naval Services, Coastguards, Border Officials, Policing, Customs, Fisheries Control and Environmental Agencies of the Member States will be required to respond effectively to threats such as piracy, drugs smuggling, human trafficking, illegal migration, organised crime, trafficking of illicit materials, illegal fishing and dumping at sea.

    Protecting trade, and indeed protecting the ďblue economyĒ which has the potential to provide much needed jobs in, for example, the offshore renewable energy sector, research and technology, and in the biomedical and pharmaceutical area, is a priority.

    The difficulty is that at National level, Maritime Security is different in every Member State of the European Union. Therefore, to achieve a whole of European Union approach to maritime security will be challenging, and will require sustained political will.

    It is encouraging to see a Government minister finally recognising that we live on an island surrounded by water.
    One wonders will these words be followed up with actions, even better, spending on assets to coordinate security of our own maritime borders? As yet another oil explorer announces encouraging survey results in a celtic sea oil field, extraction now seems inevitable. Security of these offshore assets will become a higher priority.

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    I thought we'd already privatised part of the state's civil defences on behalf of Shell?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LamportsEdge View Post
    I thought we'd already privatised part of the state's civil defences on behalf of Shell?
    A lot of the stuff you think is imaginary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummed View Post
    A lot of the stuff you think is imaginary.
    Sorry, yes, thats right. I remember now. The coasts around Ireland are packed every moonlit night with cuban refugees having swum across the atlantic fighting the somali pirates for a square inch of sand on which to land their contraband/trafficked women/and people wearing headbands lookin' a bit like Al Pacino.

    "First joo get the Euros. Then joo get the Fianna Fail. Then joo gets the women.'

    That would be class alright. We'd have worried motorboats patrolling the coastline with an open landborder to Northern Ireland for as many illegal immigrants and drugdealers as you like to cross.

    Madre de Dios- theez Irish....
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    Quote Originally Posted by LamportsEdge View Post
    Sorry, yes, thats right. I remember now. The coasts around Ireland are packed every moonlit night with cuban refugees having swum across the atlantic fighting the somali pirates for a square inch of sand on which to land their contraband/trafficked women/and people wearing headbands lookin' a bit like Al Pacino.

    "First joo get the Euros. Then joo get the Fianna Fail. Then joo gets the women.'

    That would be class alright. We'd have worried motorboats patrolling the coastline with an open landborder to Northern Ireland for as many illegal immigrants and drugdealers as you like to cross.

    Madre de Dios- theez Irish....
    I see you are one of the habitual drug users yourself. If you have nothing sensible to offer, please ************************ off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohville View Post
    I see you are one of the habitual drug users yourself. If you have nothing sensible to offer, please ************************ off.
    What is the point of the OP? Securing oil rights for whom? The Irish taxpayer or the Shell shareholder? It is a valid question and the issue of the creakingly dodgy way in which Irish mineral rights are 'negotiated' by our increasingly wealthy political middlemen is an issue of concern.

    What is the point of inviting in a cross national maritime agency to protect resources we are giving away?
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    Ah lads. The Irish atlantic coast is covered just as well by satellites as the Bay of Biscay, the waters off North Africa and out as far as the Azores and Spain.

    What do you think happens? NATO, European and US satellite systems have an automatic shutter system which stops them peering into Irish territorial waters?

    Whats behind this? Has Shatter got some Israeli salmon-counting software he'd like to sell us, coincidentally from the Israeli military or something?

    There's a smell of arranged commercial bullshyte off this one a sea mile away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LamportsEdge View Post
    What is the point of the OP? Securing oil rights for whom? The Irish taxpayer or the Shell shareholder? It is a valid question and the issue of the creakingly dodgy way in which Irish mineral rights are 'negotiated' by our increasingly wealthy political middlemen is an issue of concern.

    What is the point of inviting in a cross national maritime agency to protect resources we are giving away?
    Read either of the links numbnuts. All will become clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohville View Post
    Read either of the links numbnuts. All will become clear.
    I like your influential and persuasive style. I have alerted Stingrays 1,2 and 5 to be on stand-by. QRT and standing by. ssssssss.....
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    Going by what Shatter is saying in those links, we could see other member states patrolling our waters. They'll be able to keep an eye on the French and Spanish trawlers fishing illegally.... oh wait

    This is just a way of softening our Neutrality before removing it.

    The only navy patrolling our waters should be the Irish Navy. If Shatter is concerned about our waters, let him make sure our Navy is properly resourced.

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