Dáil Éireann - Volume 629 - 12 December, 2006
Written Answers. - Departmental Properties.
Mr. N. O’Keeffe Mr. N. O’Keeffe
Mr. N. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Defence the acreage of a property (details supplied) in County Cork in the ownership of his Department; the townlands this property occupies; the number of military personnel employed there; the number of civilian employees; the acreage which is under lease to local farmers; the area of this property that is the preferred area that his Department would agree to for the proposed development; and if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the local community are welcoming the proposal. [42285/06]
Mr. O’Dea Mr. O’Dea
Mr. O’Dea: My Department administers an area of some 3352 acres at the property referred to by the Deputy. The property is vested in the Minister for Finance and is situated in a number of townlands which includes Ballinrush, Ballinvoher, Gortnahown, Killally West, Caherdrinny, Graigue, Skeheen Upper, Glenatlucky, Whitebog, Toor, Killakane, Pollardstown, Ballybeg and Turbeagh. All of the lands in question are used for military training and exercises, including the firing of live ammunition. For land management purposes, 136 acres approximately are let to local farmers on an 11-month basis, a further 76 acres are let to Teagasc at Moorepark, for agricultural research purposes, while the remaining area (excluding the Camp and ancillary infrastructure) in excess of 3000 acres approximately is grazed by sheep on a per-capita basis. There are ten civilian employees attached to the location in question along with one Land Steward and an Assistant Land Steward employed on a full time basis. During peak training periods, a further four civilians are  employed on a contract basis. It is not the practice for security reasons to give details regarding the numbers of military personnel serving at individual military locations. The proposal referred to by the Deputy is currently under examination in my Department.
Dáil Éireann 629 Written Answers. Departmental Properties.