Dáil Éireann - Volume 498 - 09 December, 1998

Written Answers. - Departmental Properties.

28. Mr. Creed asked the Minister for Defence the status in relation to the sale of Defence Forces land; the money involved; and if he will make a statement on the proportion of that money which will be reinvested in the Defence Forces. [17942/98]

121. Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Defence the status in relation to the sale of Defence Forces land; the money involved; and if he will make a statement on the proportion of [465] that money which will be reinvested in the Defence Forces. [17943/98]

Minister for Defence (Mr. M. Smith): I propose to take Questions Nos. 28 and 121 together.

The Government, on 15 July 1998, approved a programme of evacuation and sale of six barracks which are considered surplus to military requirements. This decision is part of the relocation, refurbishment and re-equipment of the Defence Forces, as recommended in the Price Waterhouse report regarding the rationalisation of military installations generally. The Government remains fully committed to this important programme.

It is expected that up to £50 million will be raised from the sale of the barracks. Sixty per cent of the proceeds will be invested in the redevelopment of other military installations and new equipment.