Written Answers. - Defence Forces Property.

Seán Power

Question:

89 Mr. S. Power asked the Minister for Defence his plans for Magee Barracks in County Kildare; and if he will agree to meet with residents of Kildare town to discuss the matter. [15046/02]

The vacated Magee Barracks in Kildare now provides accommodation for asylum seekers. I also agreed to provide about one acre to the local authority for a temporary halting site for 20 persons for a period of one year. Kildare County Council has requested that the term be extended and the matter is under examination in my Department. I intend to have discussions in the near future with all the interested parties in relation to the remainder of the site.