PDFORRA Criticises Closure Of Four Barracks In Donegal, Longford And Monaghan As Well As Main Military Hospital

By PDFORRA

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew in the Defence Forces, has criticised the Government’s decision to close four barracks and the main military hospital as part of a package measures associated with budget. The four barracks scheduled for closure are Rockhill House, Letterkenny, Lifford Military Post, Co Donegal, Connolly Bks, Longford, Monaghan Military Post and St Bricin’s Hospital Dublin.

PDFORRA does not support barrack closures and fears that the military medical service will be downgraded. PDFORRA is particularly critical of the scale of the closures and lack of planning to prepare new locations for the influx of additional personnel.

Gerry Rooney, PDFORRA General secretary said “The closures will cause disruption to the soldiers stationed at the barracks concerned and will see between €6 million and €12 million lost to the local economies in north Donegal, Longford and Monaghan. In PDFORRAs view the closures are not necessary and will not contribute any additional money to the Government. Indeed, in the short term it will most likely see an increase in spending to up-grade barracks to accommodate those who are moved as a result of the closures. “

Gerry Rooney also said “The closure of St Bricin’s Hospital and its relocation to the DFTC could see the Defence Forces Medical Corps lose the specialist’s medical services provided by St Bricin’s which would undermine support for Defence Forces operations and the personnel who provide them”.

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