Firefighters and rescue teams will be returning to Ireland from a five-month deployment to Italy after a fire fighting course was cancelled.
The Department of Transport and the Fire Service (DfT) have announced that the course, which was due to be held on Saturday, May 20, will be moved to a different date.
In a statement the DfT said the move was “due to ongoing delays” in the building of the fire fighting machinery.
“The decision to move the course has been made due to ongoing delay in the construction of the machinery and to the fact that the cost to run the course is higher than expected,” it added.
It said the delay was the result of a number of factors including the “challenging” weather conditions which led to the course being cancelled.
More than 5,500 firefighters from both DfTs are due to return to the Republic later this month to begin training in their new roles.
The Irish National Fire and Rescue Service said the decision to cancel the course was made due the “significant delays” involved in building the firefighting machinery and equipment and to a “significant increase in the cost of operating the fire apparatus”.
“The course will be rescheduled to the same date,” the statement said.