Thursday, 5 February 2004

Ceisteanna (43)

Mary Upton

Ceist:

41 Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Defence the Defence Forces property which has been handed over or is planned to transfer for the purposes of the new affordable housing initiative agreed in Sustaining Progress; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3303/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Defence)

The Government has committed to an ambitious scale of delivery of affordable housing through Sustaining Progress affordable housing initiative and through existing affordable housing schemes. The announcement in July last year of the proposed release of Department of Defence lands at Magee Barracks, Kildare and Gormanston, County Meath, was a critical first step in ensuring early delivery of affordable housing under this initiative. In addition, the Government agreed in December 2003 to the release of a further series of State lands for inclusion in the affordable housing initiative including Department of Defence sites at St. Bricin's Hospital, Dublin and at the Camp Field, Collins Barracks, Cork. The modalities of the transfer of these sites are under active consideration.