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Ó Snodaigh reveals cost implications of participation on EU Military missions

16 October, 2008

Sinn Féin International Affairs Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has revealed the cost implications of Ireland's participation on EU Military missions including Chad and the Nordic Battle Groups.

Speaking this morning Deputy Ó Snodaigh said while 80% of money spent by the state on UN missions over the years has been reimbursed to us none of the nearly €60 million to be spent on the EU mission to Chad will be.

He said, "Over the years when Irish troops participated in UN Peace Keeping missions 80% of the costs of the mission were always reimbursed to the state.

"However, in answer to parliamentary questions from my office the Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea has revealed that none of the money to be spent on EU Military missions will be reimbursed.

"The UN recognised that we are a small state with limited resources but with people and expertise to contribute and they reimbursed the state for its good work. The EU will not.

"The mission to Chad is costing the Irish Taxpayer €57 million. Our spend on the battle-group, prior to any deployment is almost €7 million. The opportunity cost of this government policy is that Longford and Monaghan Barracks, Rockhill House and Lifford Military Post are to be closed." ENDS

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