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Defence Forces "surprised and disappointed" by Colin Fennelly comments

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

08:00 31 Jan 2019


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The Defence Forces say they are "surprised and disappointed" by Colin Fennelly's comments about his experience in the army.

The Kilkenny hurler and former defence forces member spoke to Off The Ball on Thursday and said there was "no job satisfaction in it" for him.

Commenting further, Fennelly said, "In the army itself, there's nothing to do."

"When people come out and say there's nothing to do and there's higher lads going on and asking 'How come lads are doing nothing?'.

"Then they'll force things to happen. But, literally, there's nothing to do. They'll do classes and do as much as they can.

"You'd like to see a lot more of the lads doing the trades or helping out in different ways. They could be open to so much more.

"They could be so much more help to the community. That can be done and it's not being done. It's crazy."

Statement

Tonight, the Defence Forces have issued a response to Off The Ball, outlining their disappointment at the comments.

In a statement, they said: "We are surprised and disappointed to hear these comments from a former member. Óglaigh na hÉireann takes pride in our members who achieve at the highest levels in sport. However, whilst sport is an integral aspect of our culture, it is not the only aspect. Óglaigh na hÉireann prides itself on the dedication and sacrifice that it's men, women and their families make daily in defence of the state, assisting government agencies and working in multi-national peacekeeping missions. We also offer unique career opportunities and specialist training for our soldiers, sailors and aircrew who wish to develop themselves personally and professionally."

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