Shambolic state of the Defence Forces shows Government doesn’t take the idea of a united Ireland seriously

Budget for the Defence Forces is shrinking in real terms. Stock image

Sam McBride

If a united Ireland came suddenly and loyalists went on a murderous rampage, what would happen? Based on the current Irish Defence Forces, the insurgents would be faced with something closer to Dad’s Army than the British forces which struggled to contain 30 years of sectarian slaughter.