Fianna Fáil Defence Spokesperson Dara Calleary is calling on the Minister for Defence Alan Shatter to outline the consultation process for his re-organisation of the army.
“It appears the Minister has announced a complete reorganisation of the Defence Forces without any consultation with the relevant groups.  I find it incredible that the Minister can initiate such fundamental changes to the organisation of the army without any engagement with those who serve in it.
“A new White Paper was due on the organisation of the Defence Forces in 2012, however the Minister has completely undermined that process by his announcement today.
“I am now calling on the Minister to outline exactly who he consulted about these major changes. I am also calling on him to engage with the relevant organisations as a matter of priority to address their concerns about the impact of these reforms.”