Today the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe, TD, reviewed the members of the 115th Infantry Battalion who, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Hurley, will shortly travel overseas for service with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
Speaking during the review the Minister said:
The UNIFIL mission continues to represent Ireland’s largest overseas deployment.
The Minister welcomed personnel from the Armed Forces of Malta who will also deploy as part of the Irish contingent and confirmed that a contingent of Polish Armed Forces together with a contribution of troops from Hungary will shortly join IRISHBATT in November 2019, stating:
Minister Kehoe referred to his recent accompaniment of President Higgins on his visit to Lebanon and said:
The Minister thanked families and friends for the support they provide to those serving overseas and concluded by wishing the 115th Infantry Battalion a safe and successful mission.
Speaking at Stephens Barracks today, Minister Kehoe also announced a major contract had been signed for the construction of a Gymnasium and Multi Sports Facility. The main works contract will be carried out by Kevin Moore (Building Contractor) Ltd. who were successful in a highly competitive tender competition for the project.
Minister Kehoe stated:
The new building will contain a high ceilinged sports hall with a timber floor that will be used for fitness training, volleyball, basketball and other indoor sports. The hall can also be used for passing-out parades, inspections, addresses and similar events when adverse weather conditions require such gatherings to be accommodated under shelter. It is designed to achieve a high level of energy efficiency.
The Minister added:
The Minister concluded:
The project is expected to cost €3.5m, including the construction and design charges, and its construction is scheduled to take 12 months.
A similar Sports Hall and Gymnasium for Sarsfield Barracks Limerick is currently out to tender and will be constructed before 2020.