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From bus strikes to the Big Freeze – those times of crisis when the Army helped out

Dublin Airport has asked for the assistance of the Defence Forces on security duties – but it’s not the first time the Irish Army has come to our aid

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Passengers queue in the walkway into departures at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport last month. Picture: Frank McGrath

Passengers queue in the walkway into departures at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport last month. Picture: Frank McGrath

Passengers queue in the walkway into departures at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport last month. Picture: Frank McGrath

Members of the Defence Forces training up to stand in for security personnel at Dublin Airport in the event of a Covid surge will not be the first time the Army has mustered when called upon by government .

The risk of a spike in cases among airport staff has prompted the Dublin Airport Authority ( DAA) to request the Government to put in place contingency planning allowing for the short-term deployment of the Defence Forces to assist with operations at Dublin Airport should it be required, the Department of Transport has said.


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