Penrose raises issue of development of Columb Barracks
Labour Spokesperson for Rural and Community Affairs Willie Penrose TD has raised the issue of Columb Barracks, Mullingar, with the Minister for Defence and has asked for clarity on the future plans for the barracks.
Deputy Penrose said:
“Following recent media reports and inquiries from constituents of mine I have asked the Minister for Defence if there are plans to reopen Columb Barracks, Mullingar, for troop deployments and accommodation.
“Minister Kehoe confirmed there are currently no plans to reopen the barracks for troop development. The Minister has informed me that the Land Development Agency (LDA) has confirmed to his Department that it is interested in acquiring this property for developmental purposes. The Department of Defence has begun the necessary background work for such an application.
“I hope that the Minister will be in a position to lay out the future plans for the barracks site in the months to come and that whatever the site is used for, that it will serve to benefit Mullingar.
“I will also press the Minister to ensure that appropriate provision in terms of accommodation is made for the many groups and organisations who are currently in situ at the Barracks campus and to protect the valuable work they have been undertaking over the past few years.”