Ireland Defence and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has provided a progress update to the capital works carried out at the Haulbowline Naval Base in Cork Harbour, Ireland.

On 17 January, Coveney visited the base to see the advancement on the refurbishment of Block 8 Accommodation Block and the upgrade and repair activities to Spencer Jetty.

The ongoing Block 8 project involves upgrades to the Haulbowline Block 8 structure to make it suitable to accommodate 70 live-in Naval Service workforce.

Meanwhile, the upgrade works being carried out on Spencer Jetty will stabilise the currently unusable Jetty structure.

These works will also protect the sea entrance to the NS Dockyard and Basin.

Coveney said the Jetty works are due for completion in the next few weeks and Block 8 handover is scheduled for May this year.

He said: “The refurbishment and upgrading of both Block 8 and Spencer Jetty are being undertaken as part of the five year Defence Forces Infrastructure Development Plan.

“The investment is part of a suite of investments we are making in our Defence Forces built infrastructure, to ensure that our Defence Forces are enabled to contribute fully to their assigned roles.”

Ireland’s infrastructure programme, which was first announced in January 2020, focusses on ensuring that the defence forces have the required infrastructure to allow them to undertake their roles.

Refurbishment of Block 9 is scheduled to begin in early next year.

Currently, there are more than €86m worth of projects that are in progress at different development stages under the programme.

Over the next three years, €75m is expected to be spent and €145m will be invested over the programme’s five-year lifespan.