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    T.V. program on this Tuesday night on R.T.E. 1 at 9.35pm about what might have happened if an Taoiseach Jack Lynch had decided to invade the North. A what if documentary.

    Lets pretend an invasion did take place what do you think would have happened?
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    At the time, the Brits would have sent a Phantom jet over & bombed the troops, who would have thrown rocks at it.
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    A demoralising defeat for the Irish Army, huge amount of refugees leaving N.I. for the Republic, barred from the EU, subsequent economic collapse and probably a closed border today (ala Cyprus/TRN Cyprus).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Effin Effer!!! View Post
    T.V. program on this Tuesday night on R.T.E. 1 at 9.35pm about what might have happened if an Taoiseach Jack Lynch had decided to invade the North. A what if documentary.

    Lets pretend an invasion did take place what do you think would have happened?
    Well, with 10000 thousand poorly equiped infantry. Several dozen armoured cars some of which dated from the 1930s. 8 tanks of WW2 vintage. A handful of helicopters. No aircraft capable of air-support. And a Navy that for about 8 months in 1969/1970 actually had no ships..........invading effectively part of the UK, which was a member of NATO.

    The Irish army might at first have captured the likes of Newry, Enniskillen and Derry City. But as soon as significant British forces mobilised, the Irish Defence Forces would have been wiped out in a matter of days. The biggoted Unionist population backed by the RUC/B Specials would have attacked Catholic areas en masse killing thousands and forcing thousands more to flee South . Further more, the Brits might have crossed the border, launched air-strikes on Dublin from RAF bases in Wales etc etc. Doesn't bare thinking about. To cap it all we would be paying reparations and there would have been social chaos and unrest for years. Maybe even resulting in what remained of the Army, which probably would have been against invading in the first place, taking control and implimenting military dictatorship. We could have kissed EEC membership goodbye too.

    Looks like a cool programme I will def be watching!

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    I suppose they would have taken the left bank of the Foyle with little or no fuss and the British would have let them have it. After that, who knows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith-M View Post
    A demoralising defeat for the Irish Army, huge amount of refugees leaving N.I. for the Republic, expulsion from the EU, subsequent economic collapse and probably a closed border today (ala Cyprus/TRN Cyprus).
    Absolutely - And where have Zanu FF led us to by 2009 ? :

    Huge amount of refugees leaving the Republic for the UK, economic collapse.

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    What would probably have happened is that Britain would have demanded an immediate withdrawal and moved a few bombers and troops to NI with suitable publicity. We would have had no choice but to withdraw immediately.

    What might have happened - we would be exposed to the same sort of attack that Russia launched in Georgia.

    Threatening to invade is one thing. Actually invading would have exposed the hollowness of the threat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Effin Effer!!! View Post
    T.V. program on this Tuesday night on R.T.E. 1 at 9.35pm about what might have happened if an Taoiseach Jack Lynch had decided to invade the North. A what if documentary.

    Lets pretend an invasion did take place what do you think would have happened?
    We would have suffered a very humiliating loss of life, a lack of credibility on the international stage, possible economic sanctions and the possibility of another civil war down South.

    That would be my take on it if he had invaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeGaulle 2.0 View Post
    What would probably have happened is that Britain would have demanded an immediate withdrawal and moved a few bombers and troops to NI with suitable publicity. We would have had no choice but to withdraw immediately.

    What might have happened - we would be exposed to the same sort of attack that Russia launched in Georgia.

    Threatening to invade is one thing. Actually invading would have exposed the hollowness of the threat.
    Kind of like the Argies in 82!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebig C View Post
    Kind of like the Argies in 82!
    Not really, they had aeroplanes
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