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Defence Forces continue to play Vital Role in COVID Response

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Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has praised the contribution of our defence forces in the response to Covid-19.  While we may not see them on the streets, we can be proud of the many roles that they are carrying out as part of the National Response.

In […]

April 22nd, 2020|Army|

HEYDON welcomes Defence Forces 5 year Infrastructure Programme 2020 – 2025

Martin Heydon, Kildare South TD and Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party has welcomed the publication of the first ever 5 year infrastructure programme for the Defence Forces.

Deputy Heydon said: “The plan details €145m worth of investment in Defence Forces facilities over the next five years. This investment announcement is part of a […]

January 17th, 2020|Army|

Supporting our Defence Forces

Speaking in the Dail on Wednesday evening last (12th June) I set out my support for members of our defence forces and their families. I accept that there are difficulties with morale, recruitment and retention at present and I want to work to improve that. Working as I can as a government […]

June 12th, 2019|Army|

Additional Land Management Staff Recruited for Curragh Plains

Fine Gael TD for Kildare South and Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, Martin Heydon, has welcomed confirmation from Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe that two additional staff have now been recruited to assist with the land management of the Curragh Plains.
“Having pushed for additional resources, to be put into the active management of […]

February 28th, 2019|Army, Bloodstock, Defence|

PESCO Can Provide Benefits for Ireland, Our Defence Forces & Kildare

Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has today said that he believes Ireland’s participation in PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation) would have many positive benefits for Ireland, for the Defence Forces and for Kildare.  He was speaking during a Dail debate before a vote on the motion today (Thursday).

“I support the proposal for Ireland’s participation […]

Defence Minister Confirms Ongoing Investment in Kildare

Minister for Defence has confirmed to Deputy Martin Heydon that funding of in excess of €26m has been invested in major building projects in the Curragh in the period between 2008 and 2017.  He was responding to Parliamentary Questions from the Kildare South Deputy.

“While I understand the Defence investment is not measured geographically, I wanted […]

October 24th, 2017|Army, Press Release|

Defence Minister Confirms Feasibility Study for Curragh Peace & Leadership Forum

Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has welcomed progress on a proposed Peace and Leadership Forum on the Curragh.  Minister with responsibility for Defence Paul Keogh confirmed in a parliamentary question response that it has been decided to progress to conduct a feasibility study on the proposal.

“In response to my parliamentary question, Minister Paul […]

PDFORRA Agreement on Lansdowne Road Agreement Welcome

Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has today (Monday) welcomed confirmation by PDFORRA, the Representative Association for army personnel, that following consultation with their membership that they propose to now enter into the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

“I am aware that discussions have been ongoing between PDFORRA and officials from the Departments of Defence and Public […]

March 27th, 2017|Army, Press Release|