The Deputy may be aware of notification of decision of Kildare County Council dated 17/09/98 to grant permission for development works at Maynooth Castle subject to certain conditions. It remains open to third parties to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanála within a month of that date. The next phase of the project will be to proceed to tender documentation stage having regard to the planning permission requirements, estimate of cost and funds available.
The proposed project is to re-roof the keep of Maynooth Castle, for the purpose of preserving and presenting the monument for public access in a form which maintains the landscape setting of the castle ruins, to build additions necessary for the use of the castle for exhibition, assembly, tours and meetings as well as providing services for guides. Building works will include landscaping and new paving as well as the provision of stairs, toilets and a lift in a new access tower at the north elevation, the erection of a new entrance kiosk and ancillary sewage works. Particular measures will have to be taken to ensure the full recording of the existing structure and archaeological features which will include a full detailed study of the existing castle and archaeological clearance of areas to be disturbed prior to commencement of works on site.
Subject to detailed estimates and funding, it is proposed that the first and main phase of the project comprising of works in the castle and access tower, including services, will start on site in the latter half of 1999 and will be completed by the end of the year 2000.