The position remains broadly unchanged since my most recent response to the Deputy, Question No. 460 dated 10 May 2000.
Two of the three local authorities concerned have yet to complete the legal transfer documents but I am pleased to confirm that all of the local authorities have now confirmed acceptance of the conditions governing development funding secured by my Department over the next five years for the demesne. A principal condition is that the demesne be opened to the public as soon as possible.
I would urge once again that Fingal County Council and Kildare County Council complete the legal formalities without delay. I am hopeful that the legal formalities will reach a conclusion in the near future.