Manpower shortage threatens Navy Med missions

There are only around 1,000 personnel in the Irish Naval Service

13th December, 2015
Navy boat LÉ Samuel Beckett Picture: Rollingnews

A critical manpower shortage is threatening the ability of the Irish Naval Service to operate its fleet of ships.

The Naval Service has been praised for its role in rescue operations in the Mediterranean, with the 8,631 migrants saved by the LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh, and LÉ Samuel Beckett during their tours of duty this year. But the government will have to consider whether another renewal of Naval Service’s rescue mission in the Mediterranean next...

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