Dáil Éireann - Volume 663 - 14 October, 2008

Written Answers. - Army Barracks.

Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Minister for Defence if he will clarify recent reports that he is considering the closure of military barracks; if he is contemplating the closure of James Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34725/08]

  Deputy Willie O’Dea: The Permanent Defence Force is currently deployed in 29 barracks. This deployment of the Defence Forces, and specifically the Army, has been determined predominantly by historical factors.

The Defence property portfolio is kept under ongoing review by military authorities and the staff in my Department to ensure the most effective use of military resources having regard to the roles assigned by Government to the Defence Forces. This includes ongoing review of the organisation, structure and formation of the forces and the consequential requirement for military barracks and other properties. Any properties which are deemed to be surplus to military requirements will be disposed of and the funding invested to meet the current and future equipment and infrastructure needs of the Defence Forces.