Although I cannot verify its authenticy, The Times has reported that the Irish army had plans in place to "defend the catholic community" in Northern Ireland in 1969 from alleged British Army aggression. This included invading Ulster to take on the Beastly Brits. Interesting!! From what I can remember, the Republic's armed forces consited of a few baked bean tins on wheels and prats along the border who didn't have the bottle to confront terrorists returning to the "safety" of the Free State having carried out their dastardly deeds!!