Thursday, 24 January 2019

Ceisteanna (69)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

69. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount paid to private security firms for the provision of security services by the Defence Forces in each of the past three years in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3504/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

When a military installation is closed and is surplus to requirements all military responsibility for the installation ceases. My Department then takes responsibility for maintenance and security.

In the case of former Columb Barracks, Mullingar, which closed in 2012, my Department put private security arrangements in place in order to prevent the premises being vandalised and becoming the focus of anti-social behaviour. In that regard the effectiveness of the security measures currently in place are being continuously monitored and I am satisfied that the arrangements are warranted for the reasons indicated above.  The security company also assists with the ongoing daily management of the Barracks.

The amount paid to the security firm for each of the past 3 years is shown in tabular form on the table.

Provision of Security Services

Year

Location

Cost

2016

Former   Columb Barracks, Mullingar

€37,918.44

2017

Former   Columb Barracks, Mullingar

€37,608.48

2018

Former   Columb Barracks, Mullingar

€37,608.48

 

TOTAL

€113,135.40