Interesting viewpoint.Having any subject matter to do with the oirish toy soldiers, on a British Army website is a disgrace.
For forty years, the brave oirish toy army sat on their hands, and allowed terrorists safe sanctuary all around them. While those same terrorists murdered soldiers, police officers and men, women, children and even unborn children in Northern Ireland, Great Britain, Germany and elsewhere.
The so-called ranger wing did no different. The hands of every member of the oirish defence whatevers, who stood by on the side lines for forty years, will always be covered in blood.
No doubt some apologist will make some snide moronic remarks in response.
But you cannot whitewash history. As much as oirish republicans would like to try.
Sixty-six million Brits will never forget. Neither will the one hundred and forty million
people of the British diaspora, spread right around the world.
There is clearly some (albeit limited) interest on this site on Irish military affairs.
As there is on other nations militaries (US, Aus; NZ; SA…etc).
Aside from that…
Could the Irish have done more during the troubles to help tighten the boarder region?
Was it ever possible to close down the border regions fully?
Highly unlikely given it’s nature and certainly not without severely restricting cross border movement. This is also on the assumption the two sets of security apparatus were willing to work in unison - which would have been highly unlikely given the prevailing political mood at the time.
If they had decided to attempt to jointly shut down the region, the resulting impact on the lives and livelihoods on both sides, would almost certainly have created huge civil unrest. The ensuing own goal would (based upon precedent) have been a welcome recruiting/propaganda tool for the provisionals; not to mention their funding campaigns in the US where there is a strong Irish diaspora.
Thankfully these days there seems to be far more cooperation between policing and intelligence services of UK/NI and Ire to mitigate the threat posed by the ‘new pretenders’ - regardless of the fact the political mood between govts is in the gutter. The appointment of an ex-RUC/PSNI assistant chief constable to the head of the Irish police may have something to do with that.