No plans to close Custume Barracks in Athlone - minister for defence

Fri, May 22, 2015

There are no plans to close Custume Barracks in Athlone, the Minister for Defence said yesterday.

Independent Deputy for Roscommon Denis Naughten raised with issue with the Minister for Agriculture, Food, Marine and Defence Simon Coveney, amid local rumours in relation to the future of the Barracks. 

In a written response to a parliamentary question, the Minister stated, “I am aware that there have been recent rumours that there are plans to close Custume Barracks. These rumours cause unnecessary worry to military personnel and their families and are totally unfounded. I would like to reassure all concerned that there are no plans to close any barracks. Custume Barracks, Athlone is and will continue to be an important operational military barracks.” 


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