Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed the posting of 12 new recruits to units located within Custume Barracks during 2014.
Deputy McFadden was informed of the development when raising the matter in the Dáil this week with Minister for Defence Simon Coveney. Minister Coveney explained that the new postings were made in order to maintain unit strengths and operational capability at the barracks.
“Minister Coveney also informed me that a recruit platoon of 29 personnel is currently in training at Custume Barracks. These personnel were inducted as part of the recent recruitment campaign and once their initial training is complete, they will be assigned to units across the Defence Forces, which could include Athlone.
“During his visit to Athlone late last year, Minister Coveney said that the future of the barracks is very secure. Certainly, the ongoing investment in people and infrastructure is proof positive of that.
“Apart from the investment in personnel, Minister Coveney, in answer to a separate Dáil question this week, said there had been considerable capital investment at Custume Barracks since 2009, totalling almost €6.5m.
“Significant projects recently undertaken include an investment totalling almost €1m in the construction of garage facilities for armoured vehicles; a €1.8m investment in a new gym and an upgrading of gas and water main facilities, costing almost €600,000.”