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PostSubject: Vote 36 - Defence   Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:54 am



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PostSubject: Re: Vote 36 - Defence   Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:11 am

Comptroller recommends ending Troubles-era bonus

AN ALLOWANCE paid to soldiers on Border duty during the Troubles should be stopped as there is no longer any justification for it, the Comptroller and Auditor General has said.

The allowance was first brought into the Army in 1972 to compensate soldiers for the difficulties of a Border posting, which often involved long hours of duty.

The allowance is still being paid despite the peace process. Last year it cost the Defence Forces €5.38 million. It is worth €96.41 for enlisted personnel and €112.19 for officers per week.

In his report to the Public Accounts Committee, John Buckley said in 1996 more than 26,000 patrols, checkpoints and searches were carried out along the Border.

There had been none since 2002, yet personnel from Border units are still being paid the allowance for a period of up to three months while on a training course, and logistical personnel such as cooks, fitters and military police are also paid the allowance while on attachment to Border units.
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PostSubject: Re: Vote 36 - Defence   Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:25 pm

Completely daft but then again try to take it away from them and see what happens.
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PostSubject: Re: Vote 36 - Defence   Sat Nov 01, 2008 4:48 pm

What Johnfás a coup?
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PostSubject: Re: Vote 36 - Defence   Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:11 pm

Green flu - very contagious I believe.
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PostSubject: Re: Vote 36 - Defence   Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:29 pm

Could that be the time so for Machine Nation to launch a coup? How about Halloween next year? Your costume will be that of a Field-Marshall.
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PostSubject: Re: Vote 36 - Defence   Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:25 pm

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FOUR Irish Defence Forces helicopters sold to a US company for just over ¤300,000 were later sold on to the Chilean navy for nearly ¤19m, the Sunday Tribune has learned.
Tribune


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PostSubject: Re: Vote 36 - Defence   Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:28 pm

There was a representative from the American company which bought them saying that the story is not accurate.
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PostSubject: Re: Vote 36 - Defence   Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:02 pm

it was probably Eur28m!
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