Dáil Éireann - Volume 451 - 25 April, 1995

Written Answers. - Military Barracks Maintenance Services.

271. Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Defence the steps, if any, he will take to reintroduce the system whereby the engineering section of his Department could take on temporary general operatives and craftsmen to enable a programme of upgrading, maintenance, refurbishment and renewal works to be carried out at the various barracks in the different commands in view of the fact that this system was abolished in 1989-90; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7661/95]

[1908] Minister for Defence (Mr. Coveney): The requirements of the Corps of Engineers in providing maintenance services for military barracks are served by the existing complement of approximately 270 craftsmen and 200 general operatives who are all employed on a permanent basis. A small number of workers will be employed on a seasonal basis for boiler house duties later this year. The arrangements for casual employment will be kept under review.