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Editorial: Dramatic drugs seizure reveals unvarnished truths about our security forces

Ireland’s state defenders are underfunded, understaffed and increasingly under pressure

The operation against the MV Matthew demonstrated the potential of the Irish security forces to be effective actors in combating crimes committed in Irish waters

The seizure of a cargo ship off the coast of County Wexford carrying 2.2 tonnes of cocaine is one of the most dramatic crime-busting operations ever by the security forces of the Irish state.

The MV Matthew was impounded on Tuesday after a joint operation by the Naval Service, the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and the Army Ranger Wing. Also involved were the US Drug Enforcement Agency, the UK National Crime Agency, ...