Letter to the Editor: Appoint Cathal Berry as Minister for Defence

As a former classmate and colleague of Dorcha Lee, I subscribe fully to the issues he raised concerning the abysmal state of the Defence Forces of this country — ‘Call to halt depletion of Defence Forces‘ (Irish Examiner, May 27). It gladdened me to also read the editorial comment of this newspaper.
Letter to the Editor: Appoint Cathal Berry as Minister for Defence

As a former classmate and colleague of Dorcha Lee, I subscribe fully to the issues he raised concerning the abysmal state of the Defence Forces of this country — ‘Call to halt depletion of Defence Forces‘ (Irish Examiner, May 27). It gladdened me to also read the editorial comment of this newspaper.

Many other democracies revere their defence forces. Whatever one thinks about Trump and Johnson and other leaders in the free world, to a man or a woman, they respect those who wear the uniform of their respective states, and treat them accordingly.

As your editorial wisely suggested: “Ní hé lá na gaoihe lá na scolb”. But I raise the question: Are all of us, who have peddled our views down through the years, walking backwards over a cliff as nobody is listening or cares?

Dr Cathal Berry, former Army Ranger Wing Second in Command, recently elected TD in Kildare, even though an Independent member of the Dáil, would appear to be the ideal candidate to be appointed as defence minister, It’s well time that Varadkar and Kehoe were sidelined, as they have knowingly overseen the demise of a class group of men and women who loyally serve this State, day in, day out, come what may.

I suggest it is always wise to appoint a professional to a professional appointment.

The reality, as far as I gleaned since joining the Defence Forces in 1961, is politicians don’t care.

They have no respect for the men and women who proudly wear the uniform and insignia of our country at home and abroad.

Finally, let us never forget our veterans. Civilised states do not.

- Ray Cawley

Comdt Rtd,

Maryborough,

Cork

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