The website sells and advertises itself as a place for enthusiasts to buy military gear
Website in Ireland selling items and military uniforms from the French, Greek, German, British, Belgian Armies
Ireland’s Military Police are investigating how an American website obtained allegedly legitimate Defense Force uniforms despite the fact that selling such items is a criminal offense in Ireland, thejournal.ie reports.
Although the website selling the items said they were bought “from reputable wholesalers based outside Ireland”, a Defense Force spokesman confirmed an investigation was underway.
Selling or buying military property, including uniforms, is an offense under the Defense Act 1954 in Ireland.
It is also an offense to wear military uniforms unless you are a member of the Armed Forces.
Sources said there were concerns the uniforms could fall into the hands of dissident republicans and dangerous individuals to impersonate state security services, as has happened in the past with the IRA and other criminal organisations.
The Journal found the uniforms, clearly marked with the rank of three-star soldier on at least one of the items, on a company’s website in the US.
The military uniform, worn by soldiers on active duty, which in Ireland includes guard duties at the Dáil, the Central Bank and other sensitive locations, referred to legal restrictions on the sale and supply of the uniforms in Ireland.
The website sells and advertises itself as a place for enthusiasts to buy military gear.
It sells uniforms from the French, Greek, German, British, Belgian and Omani military.
The website describes the sale as follows: “Paddyflage, Lepretarn, Irish DPM. This design is extremely rare and its possession in Ireland is a crime.