Something as insignificant as paperwork has gotten in the way of an Irish Naval Service lifesaving mission to the Mediterranean. The crew of the LÉ Eithne were set to be deployed on Monday but due to an issue with paperwork they have been stuck at home in Cork.
According to the Irish Examiner it has emerged that the Department of Defence and its Italian counterpart have not completed the necessary paperwork leaving the LÉ Eithne berthed in the Naval base at Haulbowline in Cobh.
The crew have been preparing and training for the humanitarian mission that was due to start this week since the end of last year. In that time a few very thoughtful crew members had also been busy collecting over 1000 teddy bears from public donations to bring comfort to the rescued children.
The Department of Defence said: “This matter is in hand and the department is continuing to liaise with Italian counterparts in concluding the written agreement to facilitate deployment to the Mediterranean.”
PDforra vice president Mark Keane said: “They are ready, willing and anxious to undertake this mission and put into practice their training.”