MacSharry: Impact of disbanded Western brigade will be felt post-Brexit

The impact of the standing down of the fourth Western Brigade a number of years ago will now be felt with the onset of Brexit.

That’s according to Sligo Leitrim Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry who raised the issue in the Dail this week.

He says now at a time when we need a brigade in this part of the country many of the troops based at barracks like Finner camp in Ballyshannon are carrying out alot of duties in the busy Dublin area.

He says it will be to the detriment of the border areas.

The 4th Western Brigade was disbanded in 2012 as part of the restructuring of the Defence Forces leaving just two brigades nationwide based in Cork and Dublin.

Many hit out at the decision at the time as a retrograde step which Deputy MacSharry says the government will live to regret: