Former officer to give insider’s view on Irish army

Cmdt Edward Horgan.

Cmdt Edward Horgan.

Retired Irish army officer, Commandant Edward Horgan, will give an insiders view of the Irish Defence Forces, at a public talk next week.

Cmdt Horgan will be speaking upstairs in Richardson’s, Eyre Square, on Wednesday November 26 at 8pm.

The Irish Army has played an outstanding and often extremely dangerous role in UN peacekeeping missions from the Congo in the 1960s to the Lebanon and the Golan Heights today. For decades the Irish Defence Forces were reared on a Government policy of Irish neutrality. It has served both Ireland and its soldiers well as both have been held in great respect internationally. The meeting will ask, however, if that situation has changed and if so, how and why?

“I have done quite a bit of work as a civilian monitoring elections in conflict prone countries, such as Ukraine, East Timor, Pakistan, Congo, and Zimbabwe,” said Cmdt Hogan in advance of the meeting. “Having seen war first hand, I don't recommend it. There are much better ways of organising our national and international affairs - like making peace by peaceful means.”

The meeting is organised by the Galway Alliance Against War. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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