The biggest number of concerns about the restructuring of the Army are being raised by soldiers from Collins Barracks.
The barracks is to lose its 4th Infantry Battalion in the shake-up of the Defence Forces announced in recent weeks by Minister for Defence Alan Shatter.
Gerry Rooney of PDFORRA, which represents soldiers, said there are concerns among soldiers in Cork that members of the outgoing battalion could be re-deployed to other barracks in the Southern Brigade. Those barracks are in Limerick, Kilkenny and Galway.
“They are also worried about being re-deployed to other sections in Collins Barracks and how it would affect their wages and entitlements,” he added.
Fianna Fáil spokesman on Finance, Michael McGrath, called on Minister Shatter to make clear his plans for the future of members at Collins Barracks.
Deputy McGrath said: “Last month, when announcing the re-organisation of the Defence Forces, Minister Shatter confirmed that the number of personnel based at Collins Barracks would fall by 64 from 1,020 to 956.
“However, I understand that members of the 4th Infantry Battalion, which is being disbanded by the Minister, and the Logistics HQ based at Collins Barracks were advised this week that up to 250 of them would be transferred to Limerick and Kilkenny between September and November this year.”