Information Circular No 33/2011 Meeting with Minister of Defence


PDFORRA had a meeting with the Minister for Defence Mr. Alan Shatter TD on Monday 12th December 2011. The following are responses made by the Minister and his officials on issues raised by PDFORRA.

2 Brigade Structure.

PDFORRA raised the issue of the recent announcement of the 2 Brigade Structure and the method in which it was announced. The Minister confirmed that the drawing up of plans for the 2 Brigade Structure would now commence he also confirmed that there would be 9500 personnel in the new structure and the budget provided for this, he further confirmed that there would be recruitment into the Defence Forces in 2012 to maintain this figure.

Barrack Closures.

Not withstanding PDFORRAs view on the recent Barrack Closures the Minister confirmed that there would be no further barrack closures during the lifetime of the present Government. PDFORRA stated that they would be requesting the closing date of the effected barracks to be put back if all of the infrastructure was not in place in the new locations by the planned closing date, further PDFORRA  have already lodged a number of claims covering a number of issues including allowances, change of station, border duty allowance ect. ect.,

NCO Promotion

It was confirmed by the Ministers Officials that NCO promotion would commence in January 2012 with the publication of vacant appointments and the seeking of applicants for same.

Value for Money Review of the Reserve Defence Forces.

This issue was raised in the context of RDF Cadre personnel and the number of vacant appointments. It was confirmed that the value for money review report would be published in January 2012.


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