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Naval Service Is A Sinking Ship With Staff Exodus

14th June 2019
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LÉ Samuel Beckett Afloat adds is the first of the OPV90 /P60 class which form a quartet out of a fleet total of 9 naval patrol vessels.  LÉ Samuel Beckett Afloat adds is the first of the OPV90 /P60 class which form a quartet out of a fleet total of 9 naval patrol vessels. Photo: Irish Defence Forces - facebook

In the Irish Examiner's report today the number of sailors leaving the Naval Service paints a grim picture for the future of Ireland’s maritime armed service.

More than 100 members of the service are likely to leave this year alone, amounting to 10% of the force. PDForra, which represents enlisted personnel in the service, fears the number could be much higher.

Coming on top of resignations from the Army, the exodus of highly trained and experienced men and women should be of concern, in particular, to Leo Varadkar, in his dual role of Taoiseach and minister for defence.

For more click here for a link to the story. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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