Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (135, 136, 137, 138)

Martin Ferris

Question:

262 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Finance if any other premises were visited prior to deciding to locate the probation and welfare office at Donaghmede Shopping Centre. [2714/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

No other premises were inspected prior to deciding to locate the probation and welfare offices at Donaghmede Shopping Centre as no other sites acceptable to the probation and welfare service were available in the area at the relevant time.

Martin Ferris

Question:

263 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Finance if the tender for the refurbishment of the premises to be used as the probation office at Donaghmede was published in the Official Journal of the EU Commission, and if so, in which issue. [2716/04]

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Martin Ferris

Question:

264 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Finance if he has satisfied himself that the refurbishment work being carried out at the site of the probation office in Donaghmede will not add to the value of the building. [2717/04]

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Martin Ferris

Question:

265 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Finance the latest estimate on the final cost for the fit-out, including design fees and VAT, for the probation office at Donaghmede. [2718/04]

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The value of the construction works for the probation and welfare office at Donaghmede Shopping Centre was far below the limit that required advertising in the Official Journal of the EU Commission. In the opinion of the Commissioners of Public Works the works carried out at the second floor of Donaghmede Shopping Centre on behalf of the probation and welfare service do not add to the value of the shopping centre. The final cost for the fit out, including VAT and design team fees, of the probation and welfare offices at Donaghmede Shopping Centre is €1.805 million.