Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan has described the recent transfer of Army personnel from Clonmel to Kilkenny as a massive boost for the prestige of James Stephens Military Barracks and for the local economy.
During a visit to the Kilkenny Barracks this week, Minister Hogan revealed that the number of army personnel at the Barracks has increased from 180 to 366 and that Kilkenny now houses the new headquarters for both the Military Police and the reserve Defence Forces. “The number of Army companies based in Kilkenny has also increased from three to six”, he added.
Addressing the troops, Minister Hogan welcomed the new personnel from Clonmel and acknowledged the stressful time it had been for personnel in the Clonmel Barracks. “I hope that the personnel transferred to Kilkenny will be made welcome and will settle in as quickly as possible,” he said. The Minister who was welcomed by Lt Col Flynn, also planted a tree to mark the occasion of his visit.
And Minister Hogan has also welcomed news that local man, Kieran Brennan, the former All Ireland sernior hurling medal winner has been promoted to the rank of Colonel, one of only none in the country.