Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has welcomed a commitment from Minister of State at the Department of Defence to retain the Reserve Defence Forces training centre in Cavan for “the foreseeable future”.
Deputy Smith sought assurances from Minister Paul Keogh that the status of the centre would be maintained.
“The Army Reserve in Cavan provided large numbers of personnel who attended the local commemorations of the Centenary of the 1916 Rising in an unpaid and entirely voluntary capacity. The centre continues to be active and recently completed a successful recruitment campaign across Cavan and Monaghan. It is essential that the Centre be retained and its troops supported”, explained Deputy Smith.
“Retaining the Cavan Centre is in the national interest and with uncertainty over the status of the border with Northern Ireland arising from the BREXIT negotiations, it is essential to sustain and support the Defence Forces locally at this time.
The Army Reserve Centre in Cavan recruits actively on an annual basis and provides a steady stream of reserve recruits. Many of the Permanent Defence Force soldiers began their careers in a voluntary capacity with the Army Reserve before going on to full-time careers. Members have forged close links with local community groups and their presence in Cavan cannot be underestimated.
“I am pleased that Minister Keogh has recognised the importance of the RDF training centre in Cavan and I welcome his commitment that “the RDF training centre in County Cavan, will be retained for the foreseeable future. It is not envisaged that there will a change of status to any of these training centres”. This sends an important signal to members that their work is recognised and appreciated and I hope that the centre in Cavan will continue to recruit and train members into the decades ahead”.