Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (82)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

82. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the steps he is taking to address the dereliction of the military barracks site in Nenagh, County Tipperary (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33417/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The former barracks in Nenagh is no longer required for military purposes. In accordance with Government policy and my Department's practice to dispose of surplus property no longer required for military purposes, the disposal of the property is now being progressed.

 My officials are now, with the assistance of the Chief State Solicitor's Office, in the process of regularising all outstanding legal issues in relation to the property with a view to progressing its disposal.  In this context, they are also exploring a number of avenues to try and secure the long term future of the former barracks for the benefit of the local community.  In the past Tipperary County Council advised they were not interested in acquiring the site.  However, all Government Departments and other Public Bodies, including Tipperary County Council, will be further invited to declare any interest in acquiring the property.  Also, in the context of its potential future use contributing to the positive development of Nenagh, my Department is open to viable proposals to these ends which may be channelled through Tipperary County Council or other Public/Government Bodies.  If there is no interest from Public Bodies in the property it is intended to put the property up for sale by public auction.