Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Northern Ireland;
Location of affected unit(s)
Ballymena; Ballykelly; Omagh
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.22 - Defence activities

1,100 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 May 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


About 1,100 civilian jobs are to be lost as part of the British government's demilitarisation plans in Northern Ireland. The move is in response to the ending of the paramilitary IRA's campaign against the British Government that was announced in 2005. More than 1,100 civilians who work for the Ministry of Defence will lose their jobs as a result of the closures. Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram gave details of the closures. He said:

'The Ministry of Defence has thoroughly researched the requirements of the future peacetime garrison and taking all factors into consideration - not least efficiency and value for money - has now identified the bases most fit-for-purpose.'

'Inevitably, there will be a substantial number of surplus posts as a result of the wider security normalisation programme but every effort will be made to lessen the impact of redundancy with transfer and voluntary retirement.'



Eurofound (2006), Ministry of Defence, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63488, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63488.