Yes, but you still have same number of equipment and men. you are saying that these people can now do training or maybe head abroad. So we end up with less soliders in ireland because of these closures. With three super barracks located in three towns training would be easier i supposes. For a infantry company to be uptodate knowing how to call in an air strike would seem harder if they are no longer in Ireland. So by closing barracks we also manage to reduce troop numbers? But these troops get paid to be abroad leaving our little wonderland which three large bases that are used by one third of the troops we have now. I am beginning to see the logic.
Mullignar has been threatened with closure for the past 5 years. Long before Shatter became a Minister, long before he was even on the FG front benches. The barracks provides much needed employment in the town, this is Penrose country. Its votes and his own fat arse that he is securing. It has nothing to do with his own profession. In fact, that comment is childish.
Parish pump politics. The employment the barracks provide to the town will not be lost if it closes, as the workers would just go elsewhere, to wherever barracks they move to.
Well the question the OP asked has been answered. At least Willie has the guts to stand up for what he believes in.
This government will regret this decision. The army is already woefully underfunded. We spend 0.7% of our GDP on defence. Similar sized economies spend far more than us.
What Willie believes in, it seems, is Willie.
And the reason that similar size economies spend more is that they either have belligerent neighbours or they get involved in foreign adventures. Ireland doesn't need an army or an Air Corps; keep the rangers and expand the navy.
Parish pump politics at its best. By resigning the whip, penrose can wash his hands of the decision, safe in the knowledge his position is safe till the next election anyway, even though the decision was not made by government.
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