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Significant Government Decision on Increased Defence Force Funding will Expand Military Capabilities and Increase Allowances for Kildare Personnel – HEYDON

Key Appointments will see Fundamental Reform and Culture Change in the Force

Martin Heydon, Kildare South TD and Minister of State, has said that Government plans to significantly increase funding for our defence forces will strengthen Ireland’s military capacity, in turn fortifying the livelihoods of the many personnel in Kildare, while also bringing fundamental […]

Management plan for Curragh Plains due in the coming weeks-HEYDON


A conservation management plan for the Curragh Plains is due to be submitted to the Department of Defence and Kildare County Council in the coming weeks, Minister of State and Kildare South TD Martin Heydon has confirmed.

The plan is part of the Curragh Consultancy Study, a comprehensive process being undertaken by the two bodies to […]

St Patricks Day Trip to Lebanon

Kildare South Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon has returned from a visit to Irish Defence Force troops of 119th infantry battalion serving on the UNIFIL peacekeeping mission in South Lebanon.

“It was a great honour for me to represent the Government on this trip to our troops to mark St. Patrick’s Day, while also […]

Commission Report on Defence Forces will Generate Real Debate and Increase Investment in Key Areas – HEYDON

The report of the Commission of the Defence Forces published yesterday has been welcomed by Fine Gael Kildare South TD and Minister Martin Heydon.

“I welcome the publication of this long awaited report on the future and strength of our Defence Forces and I thank all those on the Commission who worked on it.  I hope […]

Minister Heydon Delighted with Overwhelming Response to Curragh Plains Consultation Survey

Fine Gael Kildare South TD and Minister Martin Heydon along with his colleague Minister for Defence Simon Coveney have thanked and acknowledged the almost 3,700 people who recently made submissions to the public consultation on the future of the Curragh Plains.


Martin Heydon said “We are very grateful to the almost 3,700 who took the time […]

Defence Forces continue to play Vital Role in COVID Response

540 Former members apply to return to Service

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, Covid 19|

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|