Council considers taking over Lifford and Rockhill barracks

Donegal County Council is in discussions with the Department of Defence with regards to taking over the disused barracks at Rockhill.

This week, the army confirmed it has postponed a planned auction to give the council more time to work out how to take over the property and preserve its heritage and potential for the county.

Clle Dessie Larkin, who has advocated the takeover of the facility since it closed last year has welcomed the move. He says vandalism is now becoming an issue, and that cannot be allowed happen.

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Meanwhile, the council is also in discussion with the army regarding the former barracks in Lifford, and has been given first option on taking it over, either through full purchase, lease purchase or through a leasing agreement.

However, at present, the facility is zoned solely for military use, so the council must amend the Lifford Area Plan before anything else can be done.

Cllr Gerry Crawford says it's vital the building be maintained as a resource for the community, but he still wants something there to commemorate the military history of Lifford.

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