01 September 2005

DUP demands generous compensation for RIR soldiers


01/09/2005 - 10:42:35

DUP leader Ian Paisley is due to meet British Defence Secretary John Reid in London today to discuss the disbandment of the British army's Royal Irish Regiment.

The British government is planning to complete the move by 2007 following the IRA's declaration of an end to its armed campaign.

Unionists are bitterly opposed to the move and the DUP has said it will be using today's talks to demand generous compensation for the 3,000 people who will be affected.

It also wants the retention of an army unit for soldiers who wish to remain in service or the permanent attachment of those soldiers to a regiment on a tour of duty in the North.

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