More and more soldiers from Dundalk being assigned duties in Dublin
An ever increasing number of soldiers at Aiken Barracks in Dundalk are being assigned to duties in Dublin.
Figures from the Minister of State at the Department of Defence Paul Kehoe supplied to Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh show that the number of soldiers from the 27th Battalion required to fulfil duties in the capital had jumped from a low of 22 in February 2012 to a high of 168 in January 2016.
In total there were 737 cases in 2012 of local soldiers being assigned duties in Dublin. This has increased year-on-year to the point where it had more than doubled to 1,556 in 2016 with the early trends suggesting it is set to continue into 2017.
So far this year 420 cases of soliders from the 27th Battalion being assigned duties were recorded between January and March. This amounted to an increase of 5.2% on the same period of 2016.