Change of ownership for Clonmel barracks.

The new Minister for Defence will be in Clonmel later this afternoon to officially hand over ownership of Kickham Barracks to the County Council.

Simon Coveney took over the Defence portfolio as part of the recent Cabinet reshuffle.

He will meet with officials from Tipperary County Council at the Civic offices at 4 o'clock this afternoon to sign over the former army barracks site on the Davis Road.

The barracks was decommissioned in 2012 – the local authority has developed a master plan for the property.

Among the proposals is for Clonmel Garda Station to be relocated to the barracks, however no funding has yet been put in place.