Forces presence in NI ‘unchanged despite Ballykinler battalion loss’

2 Rifles based at Abercorn Barracks in Ballykinler

2 Rifles based at Abercorn Barracks in Ballykinler

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The Ministry of Defence has insisted that leaving Ballykinler without a resident battalion for the first time in a century does not represent a lessening of the armed forces footprint in Northern Ireland.

The 2nd Battalion The Rifles is to move from Ballykinler Barracks to Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn, late this summer. There has been no resident battalion in Lisburn for several years.

A spokesman for the MoD said yesterday that the move “makes best use of defence facilities and infrastructures in Northern Ireland as well as long-term financial best practice”.

 

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