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Stronger Legislation may be needed to deal with Illegal Encampments on the Curragh

Fine Gael Kildare South TD Martin Heydon has today (Friday) said that legislative change may be needed to more fully address the issue of illegal encampments on the Curragh Plains.  This follows discussions he has had with Gardai and Department of Defence officials in recent weeks as a number of recent encampments were dealt with.

“Illegal […]

June 3rd, 2016|Army, Bloodstock, Kildare Town, Newbridge, Press Release, Suncroft|

Further Army Recruitment Confirmed

Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has welcomed confirmation this week from Minister for Defence Simon Coveney that a new recruitment campaign for the permanent defence forces has now commenced.  This recruitment campaign aims to recruit 600 new general service personnel for 2016 and a further 850 to serve for 2017.

“This Government has committed […]

April 14th, 2016|Army, Press Release|

Potential of the Curragh Highlighted at St. Brigids Day Event

Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon welcomed Minister of State Simon Harris to the constituency on Monday to mark St. Brigid’s Day at a coffee morning at the newly renovated restaurant at the Irish National Stud.  They were also joined by local historian Mario Corrigan who spoke about the legacy and history of St. […]

February 1st, 2016|Army, Press Release|

Cadet Commissioning Ceremony at the Curragh Camp

I was delighted to attend the Commissioning Ceremony of the 91st Cadet Class at the Defence Forces Training Centre in the Curragh Camp today with Minister for Defence Simon Coveney.  The Minister was welcomed to the Camp by the Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett.

Twenty Cadets were commissioned as officers of the Permanent Defence […]

January 28th, 2016|Army, Kildare Town, Newbridge, Press Release|

Date set for Magee Barracks Sale

Kildare South Fine Gael TD Deputy Martin Heydon has received confirmation from Department of Defence officials that a date has been set for the Auction to sell Magee Barracks. This comes after the sales process was confirmed a number of months ago.

“The public auction to sell Magee Barracks will take place on Thursday 11th February. […]

December 18th, 2015|Army, Defence, Kildare Town, Press Release|

Minister Coveney Agrees to save Gates at Magee Barracks

Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has welcomed confirmation from Minister for Defence Simon Coveney that his Department are to remove the gates at the entrance to Magee Barracks and preserve them ahead of the upcoming auction of the barracks. This follows a meeting between the Minister and representatives from Kildare Town groups organised […]

October 21st, 2015|Army, Defence, Heritage, Kildare Town, Press Release|