asked the Minister for Education to list any parcels of land purchased by her Department over the past 20 years for the purpose of building development which still remain undeveloped; the size of each such parcel of land; the date on which it was purchased; the purchase price of the land; the estimated present value of the land and the plans her Department now have for the use of such land.
Written Answers. - Land Purchases.
The following sites were purchased for possible future schools and still remain undeveloped:
Three acres approximately purchased in December 1983 for the purpose of providing an All-Irish School for the town of Tralee, County Kerry. This project is at an advanced stage of architectural planning.
Four-and-a-half acres approximately purchased in January 1980 for the purpose of providing an All-Irish School at Rathcoole, County Dublin. This project is also at an advanced stage of architectural planning.
It is not the practice of my Department to disclose the purchase price of land acquired by private treaty. It would, however, be the standard practice for my Department to have pre-contract advice that the price in every case is fair and reasonable.
The Department does not have available to it an up-dated estimate of current value of the parcels of land referred to.
Huntstown/Hartstown, Blanchardstown, County Dublin—13 acres purchased in June 1979.
Kilnamanagh, Tallaght, County Dublin—12 acres purchased in April 1980.
Kingswood Heights, Tallaght, County Dublin—14.7 acres (6.5 purchased in December 1978 and 8.2 purchased in March 1980).
I would consider it inappropriate to divulge details of the purchase price of school sites. It would not be practicable to update valuations of such sites, unless it is decided to dispose of them.
A decision regarding the future use of these sites will depend on the outcome of a review of the need for second level schools at these locations.