The gates of Magee Barracks, Kildare town
A meeting has been requested with the Department of Defence by the members of the Kildare Newbridge Municipal District to request payment for compensation from the recent sale of Magee Barracks.
The former Barracks sold at public auction for €8.2m recently, prompting demands for a €1.64m community pay out as compensation by the Department of Defence.
The members agreed to request the meeting with the relevant personnel in the Department of Defence at this month’s District meeting and to arrange for payment of community compensation from proceeds of the sale.
Members were given a report from JP Holligan from Community and Cultural Services that stated that a letter has been drafted and will be issued to the Department of Defence requesting a meeting with the appropriate official in the department. The letter of request is to “seek the realisation of the commitment given by the Minister” (in 1998) following the closure of the Magee Barracks. The letter will outline that the contribution sought is based on 10 acres of land or the value thereof.
A spokesperson with the Department of Defence told the Leinster Leader recently that if a request for a meeting with Department officials ‘on the matter’ is received from the Kildare Municipal District councillors it wll be considered. However in response to the issue of a community payment the Department's only comment was that “the community will benefit directly from the sale thanks to the plans for the site, which have made provision for a wide ranging use of the site including substantial community amenities.”