Deputy Seamus Healy asked the Minister for Defence the current location of the church bell recently removed from Kickham Barracks Clonmel, County Tipperary; if he will arrange to have the bell returned to Clonmel; the details of any annuity, ground rent or other such payment, if any, payable in respect of Kickham Barracks; the details of protected structures and listed building on the site of Kickham Barracks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The church in Kickham Barracks was deconsecrated prior to the closure of the barracks and the bell which was considered to be a religious item was removed to Sarsfield Barracks in Limerick. Following a review of the matter arrangements are now being made to re-locate the bell back to the Church in Kickham Barracks. There are no annuities, ground rent or other such payment being made in respect of Kickham Barracks by my Department. The entire barrack site is a protected structure.