Dáil Éireann - Volume 582 - 25 March, 2004

Written Answers. - Defence Forces Property.

  15. Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Defence the Defence Forces property that has been handed over or it is planned to transfer for the purposes of the new affordable housing initiative agreed in Sustaining Progress; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9286/04]

  Mr. M. Smith: The Government decided in July 2003 that Magee Barracks, Kildare, and Gormanston Camp, County Meath, would be among the State lands released to the Department of the Environment, [1374] Heritage and Local Government for inclusion in the Sustaining Progress affordable housing initiative.

In addition, the Government agreed in December 2003 to the release of a further series of State lands for inclusion in the initiative including Department of Defence sites at St. Bricins Hospital, Dublin, and at the Camp Field, Collins Barracks, Cork. The modalities of the transfer of these sites to the relevant local authorities are under active consideration.