We are all members of Óglaigh na hÉireann. We understand that our organisation is unique and as military professionals we too are unique in that a fundamental of our democracy is being faithful to Ireland, loyal to the constitution and the oath we all took.
There can be no other way and with that comes constraints, obligations and duties. We can be ordered, at short or no notice, into the Bearna Baol, to the point of greatest risk, running towards danger when others turn away.
This is more than a notional commitment. We have frequently done so, and will do so again. That is what makes us different.
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