With plans to close five military facilities in a cost-cutting drive, Department of Defence officials would be wise to recall the lessons of exactly ten years ago, when the state spent heavily attempting to rationalise the number of operational barracks.
At the time, inOctober 1998, the Minister for Defence, Michael Smith was forced to admit that the state was spending IR£1,400 a day on private security to protect four vacant barracks, which had been closed...
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