Concern resurfaces for future of Kickham Barracks

Speculation that Kickham Barracks in Clonmel could close has surfaced again this week.

Speculation that Kickham Barracks in Clonmel could close has surfaced again this week.

The Commanding Officer of the Barracks, where 220 people are employed, said a normal monthly briefing took place at the barracks on Tuesday morning during which the restructuring of the defence forces was discussed among other issues.

OC Eric Larkin said "there were no plans to close any barracks" and there is no guidance given to the internal board charged with restructuring the defence forces concerning the closure of any barracks.

He confirmed there were deliberations going on by that internal board that affected other locations as well as Clonmel.

Commdt Larkin said that a normal monthly briefing took place on Tuesday morning. He confirmed that the restructuring was discussed.

"It was discussed as well as other issues including overseas deployment in the Lebanon, promotion issues and other routine matters. It was a normal monthly briefing." said the Kickham Barracks OC.

He confirmed there are no plans to close the barracks at present, as confirmed by the Minister of Defence Tony Killeen when he visited Kickham Barracks in October.

Minister Killeen said the personnel at Kickham Barracks had made and continue to make an important and positive contribution to the tasks performed by the Southern Brigade. In addition, the troops serving in Clonmel have assisted the local community on many occasions by providing emergency assistance in an effort to alleviate the problems caused by adverse weather conditions.