Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Department of Defence
Defence Forces Properties
136. To ask the Minister for Defence the extent to which previously decommissioned military installations have been disposed of in line with proposals at the time of closure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47399/13]
My Department has been engaged on an ongoing programme of barrack consolidation since 1998. This programme has brought to fourteen the number of barracks closed during that time. To-date nine of these barracks - Clancy (Dublin), Castleblaney, Ballincollig, Fermoy, Naas, Monaghan, Cavan, Castlebar and a large portion of Longford - have been sold. In relation to the remaining barracks agreement has been reached for the sale of Lifford and Rockhill to Donegal County Council. Discussions in relation to the possible sale of Clonmel Barracks to South Tipperary County Council are at an advanced stage and the remaining part of Longford has been reserved by the OPW for the local Garda Síochána.
Magee Barracks in Kildare and Columb Barracks in Mullingar remain the property of the Department of Defence. Columb Barracks is currently used by an Garda Síochána and the Customs Service for training purposes and a large part of the barracks has been leased to Westmeath GAA Board for use as a potential centre of excellence.
In addition to the main barracks a number of other smaller properties have also been identified as surplus to military requirements in recent years. Some of these have already been disposed of whilst others are in the process of being prepared for disposal. These mainly consist of married quarters and Reserve Defence Force premises.