Incursions by Russian military aircraft into Irish airspace and reports of increasing Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic and Irish Sea have added to “growing concerns” about Ireland’s ability to protect its national infrastructure.
This is according to Comdt Derek McGourty in an analysis in the Defence Forces Review 2020.
He said Irish defence was now approaching a “critical decision point” in respect of its long-term direction.
He said the Government’s announcement that it was developing the State’s first national security strategy, together with the impending Commission on the Future of the Defence Forces and a strategic defence review next year were converging to inform that process.
He said there have been key developments since the 2019 update on the 2015 White Paper on Defence.
“There have been further incursions by Russian military aircraft into Irish…