Written Answers. - Army Barracks.

Deirdre Clune

Question:

204 Ms Clune asked the Minister for Defence if he will report on the progress to date in preparing plans for the future development of lands at Murphy's barracks, Ballinacollig, County Cork; when these plans will be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7618/01]

A comprehensive integrated action area plan was commissioned from independent consultants to provide for the future development of the barracks. That plan provides for a wide range of community, amenity, residential and commercial uses for the property. The development of the Murphy Barracks lands will be critical in the future overall development of the town of Ballincollig. My Department submitted the integrated plan for Cork County Council in April of last year, for consideration in the context of a variation to the existing Cork county development plan. Discussions have been ongoing between Cork County Council and my Department to determine the best way forward to realise the potential of the integrated plan, while taking account of the aspirations of all sides. It is hoped to bring the matter to conclusion at an early date.