OTHER COUNTRIES – notably, the US – name their naval ships after politicians.
It’s not something we typically do here. Prior to the naming of LÉ Samuel Beckett and LÉ James Joyce, ships in the Naval Service fleet were named after characters in Irish mythology.
That all changed in 2013, when then-Defence Minister Alan Shatter instructed that the naming policy for ships should be examined. It was decided that naming vessels after renowned Irish literary figures would be the best way forward (next on the list is the LÉ William Butler Yeats).
But can you envisage a decision being made to name a future Defence Forces ship after, say, a former Taoiseach – or President? Is it a choice you could get behind?