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Crisis Due to Manpower May Leave Two Ships Docked

15th January 2020
File image of LÉ Eithne File image of LÉ Eithne Photo: Irish Examiner -twitter

The Defence Forces growing manpower crisis has left the Naval Service unable to confirm if it can bring two tied-up ships back into operational service this year.

In an unprecedented move last June, it was forced to bring LÉ Eithne and LÉ Orla off routine patrols because it did not have the manpower to run all of the nine-strong fleet.

It was decided at the time to disperse their crews to other vessels and take the opportunity to bring them in for routine maintenance.

It had been hoped that in the meantime the manpower situation might ease, but military sources have indicated this has not happened.

For more on the story the Irish Examiner reports. 

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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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