Longford-Westmeath TD accuses government of seeking further cuts to Custume barracks

A Longford Westmeath TD has accused the government of planning to further downgrade the Irish Defence Forces presence at Custume Barracks in Athlone.

Robert Troy made the claim last night during a heated Dail debate on calls for pay to be restored to pre-crisis levels for army personnel.

He claimed that just 700 Irish Defence force personnel are now working from the Athlone barracks, down from a pre-recession high of 1100.

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The Fianna Fail TD claimed that the government was now engaged in attempts to portray Custume negatively in order to cut costs even further :