Dáil Éireann - Volume 538 - 21 June, 2001

Written Answers. - Defence Forces Training.

28. Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Defence if suitable manoeuvre space for conventional mechanised unit level tactical training, that is, offensive or defensive tactical doctrine by battalion or battalion group size, is available on lands owned by the Department of Defence; the locations at which he proposes to conduct such training in advance of the Headline Goal 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17762/01]

85. Mr. Shatter asked the Minister for Defence if suitable manoeuvre space for conventional mechanised unit level tactical training, that is, offensive or defensive tactical doctrine by battalion or battalion group size, is available on lands owned by the Department of Defence; the locations at which he proposes to conduct such training in advance of the Headline Goal 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17654/01]

Minister for Defence (Mr. M. Smith): I propose to take Questions Nos. 28 and 85 together.

The major areas for Defence Forces training are the Glen of Imaal and Kilbride, County Wicklow and Kilworth, County Cork. These areas are not considered entirely suitable by the military authorities for the full range of training they would wish to conduct with armoured personnel carriers. The military authorities are currently conducting a survey on possible new training areas which could be used for such training purposes.