Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Ceisteanna (141)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

141. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if construction work on the new gymnasia at Sarsfield Barracks, County Limerick, and Stephen's Barracks, County Kilkenny, has commenced; if so, the duration of the works; and the estimated cost of the projects. [49036/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

As part of the ongoing Capital Building Programme designed to modernise and enhance the training, operational and accommodation facilities available to members of the Defence Forces, the need to provide modern training facilities for member of the Defence Forces stationed at Sarsfield Barracks in Limerick and Stephen’s Barracks in Kilkenny was recognised.

I am pleased to advise that I approved the Stephen’s Barracks Main Works contract in mid-October with Kevin Moore (Building Contractor) Ltd for a contract sum of €3.2m.  Construction work for this project has now commenced and works are expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

In relation to the Sarsfield Barracks gymnasium, I can advise that funding has been approved in the region of €3.3m.  A competitive tendering process took place earlier this year and tenders are currently being evaluated. The outcome of that evaluation is expected in the coming weeks and a Contractor will be appointed thereafter.