DUBLIN, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Ireland on Tuesday announced details of a reorganization plan of its permanent defense forces (PDF), in which it will consolidate the current three army brigades into two larger brigades to ensure an appropriate balance between the infantry and supporting elements.
The purpose of the reorganization was "to retain the capacity of the PDF to fulfil the roles assigned to the greatest extent possible within the strength ceiling of 9,500 and the significantly reduced resource envelope resulting from the fiscal difficulties of the country," said a press release from the Irish government.
No reduction in the strength of the PDF will result from the reorganization plan announed on Tuesday.
A central element of the reorganization was "to reduce the number of personnel engaged in headquarters, administrative and allied support tasks and to redeploy posts to 'front line' operational units," said the press release.
Ireland closed four barracks in March 2012. According to Alan Shatter, minister for justice, equality and defense, no further barrack closures were being considered in the context of this reorganization program.