The Department of Defence is planning to evict a number of people occupying married quarters in army barracks who no longer have a right to be there.

In response to a parliamentary question from Maureen O'Sullivan TD, Justice Minister Alan Shatter confirmed that over 48 married quarters are currently being occupied by people known as "overholders".

Once a serving member leaves the Defence Forces, in theory, they have 15 days to leave the army married quarters. Otherwise, they are designated as overholders.

There are 34 occupied married quarters located within the Curragh Military Camp.

There are 11 in Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines, two in Dublin 7 and one in Fort Templebreedy in Co Cork.

The minister said 26 overholders are former members of the Defence Forces, 17 are spouses of former members, four are children of former members and one is an ex-civilian employee of the Department of Defence.

Eight have been in possession without entitlement for over 20 years.

According to Minister Shatter's response, ten of the properties at Cathal Brugha barracks are being sold to the current occupants.

Of the remaining 38, a small as yet unspecified number will be granted the right to remain in the property for the rest of their lives.