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Written Answers - Army Barracks

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 419.  Deputy Willie Penrose Information on Willie Penrose Zoom on Willie Penrose  asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the steps he has taken to provide a training location for the 54th Reserve Field Artillery Regiment, who are discommoded as a result of his decision to close Columb Barracks, Mullingar, County Westmeath; if he will take steps to reassure the Reserve Defence Force that it has a future in the plans that are currently being formulated as part of the review of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6889/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I have initiated a major reorganisation of the Defence Forces, which will include a reduction from three Army Brigades to two. I have requested the Chief of Staff and the Secretary General to bring forward detailed proposals [510]which will include proposed timeframes for implementation. This reorganisation will necessarily encompass the Reserve Defence Force, including Permanent Defence Force staff. The Steering Committee undertaking a Value for Money Review of the Reserve Defence Force will now consider the way ahead in light of the wider re-organisation. Any recommendations regarding the future plans for the Reserve must dovetail with those for the overall Defence organisation.

My Department is in the process of securing alternative accommodation for the Reserve Unit in Mullingar. To this end, an advertisement is being placed in the local newspapers seeking tenders for the provision of such accommodation.

 420.  Deputy Denis Naughten Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten  asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  if he is satisfied that capacity is available in Custume Barracks, Athlone, County Westmeath, to cater for additional personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6890/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter There is sufficient accommodation in Custume Barracks, Athlone to provide for personnel relocating from Cavan and Mullingar who choose to live in barracks (Single Living In). These personnel will be accommodated in the separate male and female billets blocks currently situated within Custume Barracks. Mess, dining and other welfare facilities will also be available to these personnel from existing facilities at the barracks. Work related accommodation will also be put in place before personnel relocate.


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