Public Accounts Committee looking at army border payments

Special payments to soldiers for serving in border areas will be high on the agenda when the Public Accounts Committee meets to discuss allowances paid to the defence forces. A large proportion of the border duty allowance is paid to soldiers serving in Finner Camp in South Donegal.

At present, 65 different allowances are currently paid to Defence Forces Personnel and the annual cost of these allowances is 98.9-million euro.

PAC Chairman John McGuinness says 11 of these allowances have been identified for early elimination, and the border duty allowance will be one of the first looked at.........