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Irish Army EOD in Afghanistan

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,752 ✭✭✭pablomakaveli


    I've never really seen any articles or reports of the Irish army's work in Afghanistan. Seems to be a bit under-reported in the media.

    Still its good to get a bit of insight into their work over there.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,049 ✭✭✭discus


    I think the under-reporting must be somewhat intentional, considering how badly relatively mundane military-matters are reported!

    Talking about "NATO-spec" items as if they are chemical weapons, making Timoney out to be constructing combine harvesters for fields of humans, and then there's neutrality...


  • Registered Users Posts: 587 ✭✭✭c-90


    Instead of supporting these troops doing a pretty admiral job actually contributing to internationally the inbred mindset of this country would demand they came home.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 24,878 ✭✭✭✭ Abel Rapid Worm


    Even when we were in 'ground hog' night and day in Lebanon there was very little media coverage here, but God forbid and ex-soldier who served a few years 20 years ago appears in court on a criminal matter and the media won't miss a change to report on it.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 245 ✭✭Hedgemeister


    Still, those sterling Irish 'War' Reporters made it to a 4 Star Nicosia Hotel back in the early Lebanon trips, when they bothered to report on the Lebanon at all.
    " This is your Middle East Corrospondent reporting from Nicosia," before proceeding to report on the 'morale' of the Irish soldiers doing their 'stint' with the UN, and any other bllushyt they picked up in the Hotel lobby from real reporters that had actually visited South Lebanon.
    There is, and always was, an anti (Irish) soldier bias in RTE and the Irish Media. ie, a bomb disposal experts opinion needed....contact and interview a retired British one, who was more than likely trained by one of our EOD Officers at the EOD School in the Curragh.
    An opinion on Lebanon sought...call Bob Fisk, again, when any Irish soldier that served there could supply the answers, chapter and verse, and probably better.
    The Irish Media don't even know a Tank from an Armoured car, or their arse from their elbow in Military matters.
    This bias is reflected in the population, sadly.
    Just as an afterthought, why are the bodies of two of our Peacekeepers still lying in Foreign fields, one in the Congo, and one in South Lebanon?
    Where's the public outcry?
    Where's the funding to conduct a proper search?
    It's because nobody cares.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 372 ✭✭jamesdiver


    Is there many from the EOD out there? Cool video.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 24,878 ✭✭✭✭ Abel Rapid Worm


    Just as an afterthought, why are the bodies of two of our Peacekeepers still lying in Foreign fields, one in the Congo, and one in South Lebanon?
    Where's the public outcry?
    Where's the funding to conduct a proper search?
    It's because nobody cares.

    Drives me absolutely insane sometimes.

    Weather the storm of anti-Israeli protest here at home, then ask the same crusty hippy f*ck about Kevin Joyce and the Palestinians and they'll look at you like you have two heads.

    People here simply don't give a toss for us.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 245 ✭✭Hedgemeister


    Afew years ago I visited Beirut as a civilian, and at my own expence, (with other members of the UN Veterans) at the invitation of a Lebanese Gov Minister.
    After dinner we brought up the case of Kevin Joyce and sought his continued help in the matter. Amazingly, and contrary to what our own Minister for Def had stated some weeks hence, this member of the Lebanese Gov had never heard about an Irish soldier missing in his country. Directly contradicting our own Gov wo stated "every effort is being made on an ongoing basis, and with the co-operation of the Lebanese Government to find the remains of Kevin Joyce." (or words to that effect)
    Bearing in mind that the infamous (alleged) murderer of three Irish Peacekeepers (Mr. B) is known to be an ice-cream salesman in New York and NO effort is, or ever was, made to extradite him to either Ireland or Lebanon for trial.
    The man suspected of killing K. Joyce was hanged by the Lebanese some years ago, and as far as I could ascertain, nobody (from Ireland) bothered to ask him (and there was plenty of time after his trial and conviction) where he hid the remains of our comrade.

    BTW, the Americans, even to this day, are actively searching for their missing soldiers in Vietnam and Korea.

    Of the many countries that supplied troops to ONUC and UNIFIL, Ireland is the only one with soldiers still missing in action in the Congo and Lebanon. In my opinion this sets a dangerous precedence, but at least one lesson can be learned by our serving soldiers. If you are serving overseas and go missing in action, every effort, and NO expence will spared NOT to find you, or so it seems from our past history.

    The UN Veterans should be kicking up stink about these cases, but being Irish, we only whisper about it among ourselves.
    Meanwhile, the bones of two brave Irish Peacekeepers lie forgotten in foreign soil.

    But who cares?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,061 ✭✭✭whydave


    But who cares?
    We who remember DO !
    Also It's a class vid.!


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