Saturday 3 December 2016

Soldiers on the streets still a viable option

Government failures to tackle mismanagement in force could come home to roost if the Army is called in

Published 30/10/2016 | 02:30

'Calling out the Army is not a decision easily made by any civil administration' Stock photo: PA
'Calling out the Army is not a decision easily made by any civil administration' Stock photo: PA

The big issue facing Enda Kenny over the garda strike will be at the point at which he picks up the phone to tell the chief-of-staff of the Defence Forces to deploy soldiers.

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It may never happen but the need could arise, and quickly. Empty garda stations could come under attack in areas where there are sufficient numbers of disaffected young people.

In an escalating situation, demonstrations infiltrated by republican or other subversive elements could coincide with the absence of gardai seeking better pay. Either the State chequebook or the Army will need to be brought out.

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