Lack of Naval vessels to shadow Russian ships ‘simply not good enough’ – Dr Cathal Berry TD on Newstalk FM

Good to speak to Shane Coleman on Newstalk this week about the Russian ships that were in Irish waters over the weekend.
“Normal practice is if you have a sensitive convoy moving through your economic waters, you would put out at least one of your naval ships to shadow that convoy. Unfortunately, Ireland had no capability from a crewing shortage point of view to deploy a ship… so we had to rely on the Air Corps.
A lack of capability from the Defence Forces to even shadow Russian ships off the Irish coast is simply not good enough for a sovereign state.”