Department of Defence expected to occupy new Newbridge officecs in summer

THE decentralisation of the Department of Defence from Dublin to Newbridge has been scheduled for the summer at a total cost of E30 million.

A spokesperson for the Department said the new building on Station Road in Newbridge will accommodate the civil element of the Department of Defence and the General Staff of the Defence Forces including the Chief of Staff.

"It is proceeding as planned and approximately 200 of the Department's Dublin-based civil servants, together with about 55 military personnel will be decentralising to Kildare this year," he said.

"As of December last year, almost 90 per cent of civil service staff wishing to relocate to Newbridge have been reassigned to the Department of Defence."

The new building in Newbridge was initially planned to open in the first quarter of 2010 however the spokesperson confirmed it "is progressing well" and is expected to be ready for occupation this summer.

"The total cost of this project, expected to be in the region of some E30 million, is borne on the vote of the Office of the Public Works (OPW) and covers site acquisition, building construction and the fit-out costs," he added.

The expenditure incurred by the Department of Defence for the project to the end of 2009 was E905,604. This year, it is estimated that Information Technology costs will be in the region of n550,000 and funds for items such as furniture removals, will also be met from the Department's administrative budget."

Meanwhile, budgetary constraints has meant that the Government has decided to defer proceeding with the new building for Department of Defence Headquarters in the Curragh.

"This location, along with a number of other deferred locations, will be considered as part of the overall review of the programme in 2011. The site selected for the building is state-owned."

The new building was intended to accommodate military personnel for the most part.

These personnel are currently distributed between several locations at present but rumours began to circulate about the plans as no work had commenced on the building to date despite planning permission for the

build as well as a shortlist of tenders drawn up.


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