Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (90)

Marc MacSharry

Ceist:

90. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of capital projects in excess of €2 million within the remit of his Department; the amount spent on each project to date; and the anticipated completion date. [34199/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

Under the National Development Plan, as part of Project Ireland 2040, the Defence Vote was allocated €541 million in capital funding for the period 2018 to 2022. This level of capital funding allows the Defence Organisation to undertake a programme of sustained equipment replacement and infrastructure development across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the Defence Forces have the capabilities necessary to deliver on all their assigned roles, both at home and overseas.

Table 1 below sets out the major equipment and infrastructural capital projects currently underway in my Department.

Table 1: Ongoing Capital Projects:

Project

Tender   Price

Amount spent to date (VAT incl.)

Anticipated Completion Date

Armoured Personnel Carrier Mid-Life Upgrade and Maintenance Programme

€68.0m

€45.0m

2022

Air Corps Fixed Wing Utility Aircraft Project

€43.1m

€16.0m

2020

Naval Service Vessel Mid-life Refit (Phase 1)

€4.0m

€2.5m

2020

Storage Facilities at Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp (Phases 1&2)

€13.5m

€13.1m

2019

Virtual Desktop Architecture IT Project

€12.8m

€8.7m

2021

Dining Hall Refurbishment at Custume Barracks, Athlone

€4.2m

€1.6m

2019

Accommodation Upgrade at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel

€3.3m

€1.1m

2019

Fuel Storage Safety System, Haulbowline, Cork

€2.4m

€2.4m

2019

Development of training facilities at Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny

€3.2m (tender process not completed)

€56,000

2020

Development of training facilities at Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick

€3m (tender process not completed)

€67,000

2020

Accommodation Upgrade at Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin

€2.4m (tender process not completed)

€31,000

2020

Accommodation Upgrade at Curragh Camp, Co Kildare

€2m (tender process not completed)

€33,000

2020

In addition to these on-going projects, a number of other major capital expenditure projects have also been recently delivered, as outlined in Table 2 below.

Table 2: Completed Capital Projects:

Project

Actual Cost of Project

(VAT incl.)

Project Ended

Naval Service Vessel Replacement Programme

€270.1m

2018

Naval Service New Vessel Armament Project

€17.5m

2019

Armoured Logistics Vehicle Project

€7.2m

2018 

Air Corps Aircraft Replacement Project (PC9)

€6.3m

2017 

Under the National Development Plan and in line with  the White Paper on Defence,  a number of lower value capital projects are also being progressed. In addition, planning continues on further equipment renewal and replacement programmes including force protection, transport, communications and information technology, weapons and ammunition systems as well as on-going investment in modernisation and renewal of barrack infrastructure.