19 February 2011
Tanks on the lawn in Dublin?
Will there be Scorpion tanks on the lawn outside Áras an Uachtaráin? Will Leinster House be strafed by Pilatus PC 9s? Will the political elite of Ireland be executed on St Stephen’s Green?
Does this sound risibile to you? It does to me but not to outgoing Fianna Failure TD Ned O’Keefe.. The former Cork East TD told the Cork Evening Echo last week the he believed the political situation in Ireland was so bad that an Army coup was a real possibility - thanks to the incompetence of former Taoiseach Brian Cowen and finance minister, Brian Lenihan
“Our political system is going to fail further. The two Brians have made a right mess of the country and I see the real possibility of an Army coup” he said. “People thought I was mad with all the things I have predicted through the years, but I foresaw the economy collapsing due to lax regulation on building housing estates and unwanted shopping centres.”
Hmm it’s one thing to forecast trouble for Ireland’s economy but quite another to think that the Irish Army would intervene.
Ireland’s defence forces have a total strength of about 10,000. While they are lightly armed (no MBTs no strike aircraft to speak of), they are well trained and well disciplined and decidedly apolitical. Somehow the idea of Lt General McCann (the current chief of staff of the Irish Defence Forces) heading up a junta is as likely as as Oliver Cromwell being hailed as an Irish national hero!
“So what if Charlie liked nice women and a few extra nice shirts? He was the best leader we ever had.”
Anyone who thinks that the corrupt criminal Haughey was the best ever Taoiseach is clearly insane!
Then again this is the same Ned O’Keefe that wanted the film Babe banned because it would affect the sales of ham…On the other hand such a comment may not be so surprising as O’Keefe owns a large pig farm…