19 February 2011

Tanks on the lawn in Dublin?

The Irish Air Corps prepare to bomb the Dail

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

Hunting for BIFFO?

“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.”

Still hunting for BIFFO?

Hmm it’s one thing to forecast trouble for Ireland’s economy but quite another to think that the Irish Army would intervene.

BIFFO has been found - Lock and Load

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!

President for Life - Pah!

O’Keeffe went on to say that Charlie Haughey would be turning in his grave if he saw what Ireland had become.

“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…


Francis Hunt said...

Ned O'Keefe is what would best be described by the irish phrase, "a complete feckin' eejit." The Irish electoral system, with its rewarding of parish pump, clientele political style, unfortunately makes it easier for fools like him to be elected.

"Charlie Haughey would be turning in his grave ...!?" If I were a believer, I would be convinced that this couldn't be possible, because he would be burning in hell. It was the moral rot, which really got going under Haughey that is ultimately responsible for the mess Ireland is in today.

Anonymous said...

Why is it so hard to take the Irish Army seriously? I don't know, because angry Irishmen are scary, the IRA are (or were) bloody scary, but Irishmen in proper official army clothes and army trucks and tanks.... they just look like they're havin' a laugh. I suppose the Scottish Army will look much the same, when (if) we get full independence. At least we won't be part of the British machinery for killing people in foreign lands (any more). But I digress... Ireland will be OK, I reckon, because it's full of Irish people, who generally in my experience (tho I know it's wrong to generalise) know how to get by.

jams o donnell said...

Haha Francis- complete feckin eejit is mild! It does strike me that there is a lot of nepotism in Irish politics (rather more than there is here) given the number of seats that are passed down in families and the number of political dynasties!

Ah H I do take the Irish army serieously. It may be small and lightly armed but they have done a sterling job serving in peacekeeping roles across the years.

To be honest it is so laughable that they would try to take power. I hope the Scottish army will be likewise in due course!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Why, it will take a few months for Al Jazeera to organize something. Just send them a short outline of the plan, and they will be on Ireland case like proverbial flies on... you know.

In a few months they will cause so much irritation that even the phlegmatic Irish army will get pissed sufficiently ;-)

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