Written Answers. - Defence Forces Property.

David Stanton

Question:

126 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Defence his plans for Fort Davis and Fort Camden in Cork Harbour; if he has considered selling either property; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10927/03]

Fort Davis comprises approximately 74 acres. Nineteen acres of the property are currently in the process of being sold and the remainder is used for military exercises. It is not intended to dispose of any further portions of the property at this time.

Fort Camden is being disposed of to Cork County Council. The fort, plus 33.8 acres, have been held by the council under a caretaker's arrangement since 1989 and agreement has also been reached for the sale of the balance of the fort lands – approximately seven acres – to that local authority.

Bernard Allen

Question:

127 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Defence if he has received a financial offer from Cork City Council for the purchase of existing military houses, a pitch and putt course and tennis courts at Collins Barracks, Cork; and if so, if he proposes to accept the offer made. [11068/03]

The question of the sale of property surplus to military requirements has been undergoing examination to fund much needed investment to meet the equipment and infrastructure needs of the Defence Forces. In this regard I have decided that part of the Camp Field, Collins Barracks, Cork will be disposed of and arrangements have been put in train to dispose of that area which comprises approximately 9.1 acres and which is made up of officers married quarters, tennis courts and the pitch and putt course. An offer from Cork City Council is currently under consideration in my Department.