129. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans for investment in infrastructure in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, in 2018; the investment for each project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1802/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018)
Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Infrastructure projects are developed at military installations as part of the ongoing Defence Forces Built Infrastructure programme. The programme is designed to modernise and enhance the training, operational and accommodation facilities available to members of the Defence Forces. It is based on operational requirements and is compiled on a priority basis by my Department in conjunction with the Military Authorities.
The capital element of the programme focuses mainly on infrastructural projects comprising the construction of new buildings and the refurbishment of existing buildings and facilities.
The anticipated investment on built infrastructure capital projects at Casement Aerodrome for 2018 is circa €3.5m. The most significant investment identified for 2018 is an accommodation project for use by personnel based at the aerodrome, estimated at under €3m. Other projects include the upgrading of the Firing Range and hardstanding areas at the aerodrome.
In addition to major capital projects, there are ongoing works required to ensure the upkeep and repair of buildings and provide facilities generally for personnel. These works are charged as current expenditure under the programme. Some €0.9m has been set aside at this point for these works in military installations in 2018.