Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (172)

Michael Ring

Question:

172 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the consideration which has been given to the restoration of Moorehall, Lough Canna, County Mayo, following the report commissioned into its structural condition; the funding which has been provided for it; the report's recommendations which have been taken on board by his Department; and the position in relation to the Moorehall project. [2631/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

Moorehall is in the ownership of Coillte Teoranta. Any development proposals for the property are a matter, in the first instance, for determination by Coillte. Following a structural report on the property in 2001, commissioned by the former Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, it was estimated the full restoration of the house would cost in excess of £5 million. The purpose of that report was to assist a local community group in the preparation of a business plan for the property. It is not envisaged that my Department should provide funding for the development of this project.