Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Denis Naughten (Roscommon-South Leitrim, Fine Gael)
Question 54: To ask the Minister for Defence the planned developments at Custume Barracks, Athlone, County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17027/11]
Alan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
The Department is engaged on an ongoing capital building programme designed to modernise and enhance the training, operational and accommodation facilities available to members of the Defence Forces. Under this programme there has been considerable capital investment in Custume Barracks. The most recent major projects include the construction of a new Gymnasium, refurbishment of the Watergate Building as Office Accommodation, a gas and water main upgrade and the provision of new underground services and associated works. Currently the construction of New Armoured Vehicle Garaging is underway in addition to the repair and upgrading of the heating system in the Dining Hall. There are also plans to upgrade the electrical transformer later in the year. Approximately â‚¬4.5 million of the capital budget has been invested in Custume Barracks over the past three to four years.