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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 30 Jun 1999

Vol. 507 No. 3

Written Answers. - Army Barracks.

Bernard J. Durkan


118 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the current use of the Devoy Barracks, Naas, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16958/99]

The barracks in question was vacated in September 1998. Agreement in general has been reached between my Department and Naas Urban District Council on the transfer of part of the property to the council for local purposes. The balance of the property has been rezoned for housing in line with the development plan for Naas UDC which was adopted on 29 May 1999, and will be put up for sale as soon as is practicable.

Bernard J. Durkan


120 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the costs of maintenance, security or other services in respect of Devoy Barracks, Naas, County Kildare and other barracks since the announcement of the closure a year ago; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16961/99]

Since the closure of the five barracks at Naas, Kildare, Castleblayney, Ballincollig and Fermoy, the costs to date of security together with the expenditure on essential maintenance and other services are as set out in the following tabular statement:



Maintenance including the provision of essential lighting and water etc.



Devoy Barracks, Naas



Magee Barracks, Kildare



Castleblayney Barracks, County Monaghan



Murphy Barracks, Ballincollig



Fitzgerald Camp, Fermoy



It should be noted that a portion of Fitzgerald Camp, Fermoy is occupied by the Headquarters and ‘A' Company, 13th Infantry Battalion FCA.
The military authorities have estimated that the savings to date on security duty allowances amount to £280,000 approximately. In addition, there have been significant savings on utilities such as telephone and electricity charges.
Arising from the decision to house the Kosovar refugees in Magee Barracks, Kildare, all costs for security and other services after 12 May 1999 are being met by the Eastern Health Board.