Fianna Fáil TD for Longford Westmeath, Robert Troy TD, has called on the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to reiterate his commitment to retain 1,000 personnel of Custume Barracks in Westmeath is secure.
Deputy Troy commented: “The Minister has already abolished the Western Brigade, downgrading Custume Barracks where the Brigade has been headquartered. Today’s announcement that Custume Barracks will lose 4 field CIS Company, 4 Field Engineer Company, 4 Calvary Squadron, 2 Field Artillery Regiment as well as the brigade headquarters is hugely worrying.
“The Minister has promised that Custume Barracks will retain a 1,000 strong force but with so much capability now being lost, I fear for many jobs at the barracks. The Minister needs to be upfront on this and say if he is planning more cutbacks of personnel at Custume Barracks.
“The least the army personnel at Custume Barracks deserve is the truth as to what the future holds for them.”