LIMERICK city has received a major boost with confirmation that the number of army personnel based at Sarsfield Barracks is set to almost double by the end of the year.
Minister Alan Shatter has announced details of the re-organisation of the defence forces which will see the number of brigades being reduced from three to two.
As a result, the number of troops who will be based at Sarsfield Barracks is set to increase from 288 to 488.
The troops will be members of the 12 infantry battalion, which will form part of the enlarged Southern Brigade.
A spokesperson for the Department of Defence said the additional troops will be relocating to Sarsfield Barracks from several areas across the country.
It is expected that in excess of a €1m will be spent at Sarsfield Barracks to accomodate the additional personnel.