Army and navy reserve trainers facing cuts

The 9,200-strong Irish army and navy reserve force is expected to undergo a major restructuring in the coming weeks.

11th August, 2012
Alan Shatter. Photo: Collins

The 9,200-strong Irish army and navy reserve force is expected to undergo a major restructuring in the coming weeks, following a high-level decision to cut the number of full-time soldiers appointed to train the reserve troops.

Defence Forces top brass have sanctioned a sharp reduction - down to 48 from the current figure of 250 - in the number of permanent defence force members assigned to conduct training exercises with the country's part-time army and 400 reserve sailors.

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