I propose to take Questions Nos. 108 to 110, inclusive, together.
Project Ireland 2040 sets out the Government’s strategic infrastructure priorities for future growth and development. The National Development Plan 2018 – 2027, as part of Project Ireland 2040, allocated €541 million in Defence capital funding for the period 2018 to 2022.
The annual capital provision over the 2018 to 2022 period is outlined in the following table.
Defence Capital Allocations 2018-2022
This level of capital funding will allow the Defence Organisation to undertake a programme of sustained equipment replacement and infrastructural development across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service as identified and prioritised in the Defence White Paper and will ensure that the Defence Forces have the capabilities necessary to deliver on all the roles assigned by Government. Most Defence capital projects operate within a multi-annual timeframe and expenditure timeframes are dependent on the achievement of certain milestones.
The following major capital projects are currently being progressed:
- Mid-life upgrade of the Mowag Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) fleet;
- Procurement of Fixed Wing Utility aircraft (Pilatus) as replacement for Cessna aircraft;
- Procurement of replacements for the two CASA 235 Maritime Patrol aircraft;
- Mid-life refit of Naval Service Vessels and the ongoing planning for the acquisition of a multi-role vessel;
- Virtual Desktop Architecture (VDA) project for Defence Forces IT infrastructure;
- Equipment renewal and replacement programmes along with investment in further force protection, transport, communications and information technology, weapons and ammunition systems.
Investment in Defence Forces Built infrastructure, including the following specific projects -
- Replacement of secure storage facilities in the Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp;
- Upgrade of target range facilities in the Defence Forces Training Centre;
- Upgrade of accommodation facilities in the Defence Forces Training Centre;
- Construction of new Gymnasium at Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick;
- Construction of new Gymnasium at Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny;
- Upgrade and refurbishment of accommodation facilities in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin;
- Upgrade and refurbishment of accommodation facilities in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel;
- Upgrade of catering facilities in Custume Barracks, Athlone;
- Upgrade of fuel storage safety system in the Naval Base, Haulbowline.
Within my Department, all capital expenditure projects/programme are subject to ongoing monitoring and evaluation, and, to date, there has been no significant delay or cost variation attached to any of the Project Ireland 2040 capital projects currently underway.