Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Justice, Equality and Defence

Army Barracks

8:00 pm

Photo of John McGuinnessJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 398: To ask the Minister for Defence if he will confirm the number of army personnel located at Kilkenny military barracks in each of the past five years; his plans to increase this number as part of the reorganisation of the force in the region; the amount of money spent on improving accommodation, upgrading facilities or other such works at the barracks in each of the past five years and his intentions in relation to the future of the barracks. [17643/11]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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I am advised by the military authorities that the number of army personnel located at Kilkenny military barracks in each of the last five years is as follows:

2010271

2009288

2008309

2006303

A review of the organisational requirements of the Permanent Defence Force is ongoing. No decisions will be made on numbers of personnel in specific locations until this is complete.

The Department has committed the following amounts for each of the last 5 years on maintaining and improving the barracks at Kilkenny:

2010 €309,002.55

2009 €269,253.97

2008 €533,476.98

2007 €386,627.57

2007 €386,627.57

2007 €386,627.57

Whilst no decision has been made in relation to the future of any particular military installation I cannot give a commitment that there will not be further programmes of barrack consolidation or that any particular location will be excluded.

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