Bright, smart female soldiers need not apply to join the Irish Defence Forces

In focusing on brute strength, our Army is woefully unprepared for modern-day role

Only Malta has a worse EU record than Ireland for the number of females in its defence forces

Colin Murphy

The focus this past week has rightly been on the abusive treatment of women in the Defence Forces, as documented in the report from the Independent Review Group. But the problem is not merely about gender or about abuse.