The reopening of Cavan army barracks has been described as “logical sense”. Dún Uí Neill barracks was closed in 2012 with personnel moved to Athlone.
However, there’s been a sustained campaign since to have the barracks reopened, particularly in light of Brexit.
Dún Uí Neill barracks was again raised in the Seanad this week by Cavan Senator Diarmuid Wilson.
He called for the facility to be brought back into use as it was the most modern and up to date such site in the country at the time of its closure. He said reopening the barracks makes sense because of the lack of an army presence along the border:
However, European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee said the barracks was closed to allow for better operational capacity within the Defence Forces and it won’t be reopened:
And with regard to Brexit and border policing, Minister McEntee said overall responsibility for the security of the state lies with Gardaí:
Dún Uí Neill Barracks was bought by the then Cavan VEC in 2012, with plans underway for it to be converted into a new campus for Cavan Institute.