Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (152)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

268 Mr. Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the details of all instances in which his Department has provided for local community gain, following the closure and sale of Army barracks, including the nature and extent of that gain. [2281/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Defence)

The Government, on 15 July 1998, approved a programme of evacuation and sale of six barracks considered surplus to military requirements. The barracks in question are located at Ballincollig, Fermoy, Castleblayney, Naas, Kildare and Clancy Barracks, Dublin.

The sale of approximately 91 acres comprising Lot 1, Murphy Barracks, Ballincollig, to O'Flynn Construction for €41 million has been completed. In addition, the sale of Lot 2 to the sitting tenant for €1.05 million — my Department's reversionary interest in approximately 6.2 acres of the barrack lands — has also been completed. A further area comprising more than 27 acres at Murphy Barracks will be handed over to Cork County Council for community use.

Some 19.218 acres at the former Fitzgerald Camp, Fermoy, were sold to Cork County Council in 2001 for €973,889 for development in conjunction with the IDA. Castleblayney military post, Monaghan, comprising approximately ten acres, was sold to the North Eastern Health Board for €761,843.

Seven acres at Devoy Barracks, Naas, County Kildare, were ceded free of charge to Naas Urban District Council, while a further 14 acres were sold to that authority for €8,888,167. The balance of the barracks lands — one acre — was sold to Kildare County Council for €380,921.

Magee Barracks, Kildare, comprises an area of 65 acres. At present approximately 15 acres of the property are being used by the reception and integration agency of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform to accommodate asylum seekers and a further site comprising one acre approximately is being used by Kildare County Council as a temporary halting site for twenty persons. The Government on 1 July, 2003 decided to release this property to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for inclusion in a new affordable housing initiative agreed under the national partnership agreement, Sustaining Progress.

My Department has accepted an offer from Florence Properties Limited, for the sale of Clancy Barracks, Dublin, comprising 13.65 acres approximately. A contract of sale has recently been completed.