1388. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the necessary funding will be provided to replace the roofing of the equitation stables at McKee barracks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46957/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017)
Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Equitation School complex located at McKee Barracks consists of three large and two small blocks, which are used for the stabling of horses. As part of the ongoing Defence Forces Built Infrastructure capital programme the need for remedial works to these buildings was identified. The works include the replacement of the roof coverings, gutters and ceilings, repairs to timber, and repairs to brickwork in the external walls.
A contract was entered into in December 2016 to undertake this remedial work on a phased basis to minimise interference with the operation of the Equitation School.
In June 2017, phase 1 was completed, comprising one of the larger blocks, the two smaller ones, and repairs to the roof of the indoor riding arena. Work on the remaining two stable blocks commenced in August 2017 with a scheduled completion date of February 2018.