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Irish soldiers forced 'to borrow' ceremonial uniforms for Albert Reynolds' funeral

Soldiers had to borrow parts of the kit from their comrades.

Irish soldiers
Irish soldiers

SOME SOLDIERS HAD to borrow uniforms for the State funeral of Albert Reynolds.

PDFORRA president Mark Scally told its annual conference in Sligo yesterday that soldiers had to borrow parts of what is known as the ‘number one uniform’.

Ceremonial uniforms 

Normally, soldiers would wear combat uniform, however for special ceremonies, soldiers wear the number one uniform.

It is understood that that some soldiers had to borrow some parts of the uniform from their comrades, as they did not have the full kit. It’s believed that this only occurred on one occasion.

The Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Conor O’Boyle said they were not aware that soldiers had to do this.

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