Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (456, 457, 458)

Sorca Clarke

Question:

456. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Defence the number of Army barracks that provide living quarters. [38172/20]

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Sorca Clarke

Question:

457. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Defence the occupancy of the Army barracks that provide living quarters. [38173/20]

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Sorca Clarke

Question:

458. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Defence the last time there was a vacancy in the living quarters provided by the Defence Forces. [38174/20]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 456 to 458, inclusive, together.

The general provision of housing quarters to serving personnel is no longer undertaken. This has been a long standing established policy since the late 1990's to withdraw from the provision of housing quarters for Defence Forces personnel. Provision is made for accommodation for serving personnel where same is required for operational and training purposes, principally through the provision of Single Living In (SLI) accommodation. Details in relation to such accommodation is not readily available in the format sought by the Deputy. My Department has requested these details from the military authorities and as soon as this material is received, I will arrange to have same forwarded to the Deputy.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 51
The attached sets out the most recent material available to my Department based on returns received from the military authorities in relation to the provision of Single Living In accommodation for military personnel as at 30 November 2020.
Single-Living-In accommodation is provided in every permanently occupied military installation.  It is provided for long term and transient use.  As such, military personnel can use accommodation for overnight stays during training and courses. The occupancy of SLI accommodation therefore can fluctuate on a daily basis, depending on location, the number of courses being held in a location and the duration of the course.
The most recent figures available from the military in relation to occupancy at each of the above locations are shown in the table below.  You may wish to note that the number of available beds are reduced due to COVID 19 restrictions.

Location Unit/Barracks

Total Number of Beds

Number of Occupied Beds

Collins Barracks, Cork

94

94

1 Cn Cois, Galway

269

144

3 Bn, Kilkenny

131

131

12 Bn, Limerick

176

113

Cathal Brugha

140

131

McKee Barracks

131

108

Gormanstown Camp

178

3

Aiken Barracks

181

125

Finner Camp

193

83

Custume Barracks

190

182

DFTC

867

144

Naval Service

86

5

Air Corp

244

161