Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Questions (100)

Martin Heydon

Question:

100. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the contracts in which his Department and agencies under his remit are engaged for the provision of security services; the name of each contractor; the procurement process involved; the duration of each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30239/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

I am advised that when a military installation is closed and is surplus to requirements all military responsibility for the installation ceases and my Department takes responsibility for maintenance and security.

In the case of former Columb Barracks, Mullingar, which closed in 2012, it was necessary for my Department to arrange to put security arrangements in place in order to prevent the premises being vandalised and becoming the focus of anti-social behaviour and to address any possible health and safety issues. Accordingly, my Department entered into a negotiated contract with Mullingar Lakeland Security Ltd to provide these services. These arrangements continue to apply and it is intended will remain in place until the Land Development Agency (LDA), which has confirmed its interest in the property, formally take ownership of the site.