In these harsh economic times many would argue that the Defence Forces are a waste of money. I disagree with that view but stories like this test my viewpoint. A tanker which had been seized by Revenue officials has been stolen from an army barracks in Louth.
The incident happened in the early hours of this morning when someone apparently broke into Aiken Military Barracks in Dundalk.
The tanker, still loaded with several thousand litres of laundered diesel, was being stored there after being seized.
This morning a driver managed to get to the vehicle unnoticed, started it and then drove it out of the barracks, crashing through the locked gates at 2.10am.
How can the Defence Forces be so poor and how can somebody leave a barracks with a tanker "unnoticed"? . Given that its laundered diesel and its close to the border this incident has all the hallmarks of a Dissident republican job. Why should we pay for the Defence Forces when they cant even keep hold of a tanker?
Tanker stolen from army barracks in Co Louth - RTÉ News