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Asbestos Remediation Programme.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 7 February 2006

Tuesday, 7 February 2006

Questions (191, 192)

Dan Boyle

Question:

275 Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Finance the location and number of Office of Public Works buildings at present being investigated or previously treated for the presence of asbestos; if the public employees and their families will be given an assurance that, where buildings in which they have worked were treated for the presence of asbestos, full medical consultative procedures will be placed at their disposal to alleviate anxieties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3867/06]

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Enda Kenny

Question:

277 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Finance the number of State buildings by county, including Government offices, schools, Garda stations and so on, for which surveys and inspections have been carried out to determine the type, form and condition of asbestos present; the number of inspections per county which have yet to take place; the schedule of work for removal of asbestos to be undertaken in 2006; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3875/06]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 275 and 277 together.

The information regarding the number and location of buildings surveyed, being surveyed or being treated for asbestos is given in the following table. The Commissioners of Public Works are finalising their 2006 programme in the light of these surveys and in consultation with the occupants of the buildings involved.

The availability of medical screening to staff etc. in buildings where asbestos has been detected is a matter for the relevant Departments or Government offices and I am aware that such arrangements are in place generally on request. In addition, full consultative procedures in relation to the management of asbestos in buildings have been in place for some time under the general direction of the commissioners. These arrangements will continue for the duration of the programme.

County

Schools Surveyed

OPW Buildings Surveyed

Total

Carlow

44

0

44

Cavan

32

3

35

Clare

32

10

42

Cork

383

34

417

Donegal

205

35

240

Dublin

526

176

702

Galway

294

128

422

Kerry

180

12

192

Kildare

127

29

156

Kilkenny

84

12

96

Laois

31

4

35

Leitrim

26

10

36

Limerick

157

25

182

Longford

14

7

21

Louth

83

14

97

Mayo

214

76

290

Meath

104

12

116

Monaghan

19

6

25

Offaly

40

11

51

Roscommon

96

34

130

Sligo

36

16

52

Tipperary

79

36

115

Waterford

86

11

97

Westmeath

35

12

47

Wexford

116

14

130

Wicklow

96

9

105

Totals

3,139

736

3,875

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