O'Dea slams IRA use of 'Óglaigh na hÉireann'

23/02/2005 - 16:54:27

Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea has attacked the IRA for its use of the title "Óglaigh na hÉireann", the Evening Echo revealed.

Speaking at the opening of the new museum and privates’ mess at Collins Barracks in Cork, the Minister for Defence said: “There is only one Óglaigh na hÉireann — it is the Irish Defence Forces."

Minister O’Dea added: “The attempted appropriation of this noble and historic title is an insult to the memory of those who, like General Michael Collins, strove for Irish freedom.”

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