De­fence Forces se­cu­rity checks must be up to sratch

The Argus - - OPINION -

DUN­DALK is not shy of show­ing colours.

The town is decked out in flags th­ese days with Dun­dalk FC flags still flap­ping in the wind fol­low­ing the last three sea­sons of won­der­ful tiumphs.

How­ever the GAA are catch­ing up fast with both Clan na Gael’s green and gold and Dun­dalk Gaels blue and white flags mark­ing their ter­ri­tory around the town.

Clan na Gael didn’t win their In­ter­me­di­ate Cham­pi­onship de­cider last Sun­day against O’Con­nells, but Dun­dalk Gaels hopes are high of land­ing their first ti­tle in 65 years, some 25 years af­ter their last fi­nal ap­pear­ance.

Hope­fully it will be a dou­ble for Dun­dalk and Dun­dalk Gaels this week in their two big ties. IT was hard to com­pre­hend what we heard on the news head­lines on Mon­day morn­ing and read in our news­pa­pers over the week­end.

The De­fence Forces are in re­cruit­ment mode but they are get­ting it dif­fi­cult to get the core num­ber up from 9,000 to 9,500 serv­ing mem­bers across the Army, Navy and Air Corps.

How­ever what re­ally was in­cred­u­lous was that new re­cruits com­mence com­bat train­ing be­fore they have com­pleted their se­cu­rity clear­ance.

Ap­par­ently the cur­rent ex­tent of the se­cu­rity checks is a google search, with de­lays to the Garda se­cu­rity vet­ting process.

It is scarcely be­liev­able that we could have re­cruits en­ter­ing ba­sic and com­bat train­ing with­out the com­ple­tion of their se­cu­rity clear­ance.

We have a his­tory of sub­ver­sive ac­tiv­ity in this State and this threat re­mains to a lesser ex­tent to­day, while crim­i­nal gangs are al­ready lethal enough with­out hav­ing the ben­e­fit of State or­gan­ised com­bat train­ing.

This prob­lem must be cor­rected, with­out de­lay and no re­cruits should en­ter train­ing with­out be­ing prop­erly vet­ted.

Isis might not be a real and present dan­ger in Ire­land that they are in other parts of Europe but can you imag­ine the na­tional em­bar­rass­ment if Isis ter­ror­ists trained with the Ir­ish De­fence Forces.

You can­not fu­ture proof against the fu­ture ac­tions of any in­di­vid­ual but at least if the proper se­cu­rity checks have been car­ried out there is some safe­guard.

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