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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 18 December 2007

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Questions (109, 110, 111, 112)

Kieran O'Donnell

Question:

156 Deputy Kieran O’Donnell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if ministerial or departmental approval was given in 1993 or 1994 of the involvement of the national lottery in discussions with the Sonas consortium relating to a development in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35079/07]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

I am informed by my Department that its records do not indicate that approval was sought from or given by either the Minister or the Department in 1993 or 1994 in respect of the involvement of the National Lottery Company in discussions with the Sonas/Ogden Group which was proposing to build a complex in Dublin comprising an international conference centre and a casino.

Kieran O'Donnell

Question:

157 Deputy Kieran O’Donnell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if reports of meetings between the national lottery and the Sonas consortium relating to a development in north Dublin were submitted to him in 1993 or 1994; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35080/07]

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I am informed by my Department that its records do not indicate that any reports of meetings between the National Lottery Company and the promoters of the Sonas/Ogden development proposal were submitted to the Minister in 1993 or 1994.

Kieran O'Donnell

Question:

158 Deputy Kieran O’Donnell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if in 1993 or 1994 he or his Department had knowledge of discussions between the national lottery and the Ogden-Sonas consortium relating to a development in north Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35081/07]

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I am informed by my Department that its records indicate that, in August 1994, there was knowledge of discussions between the National Lottery Company and Sonas/Ogden Group. I outlined the background to this in a recent reply (Dáil Question No. 87) answered on 6 December 2007.

Kieran O'Donnell

Question:

159 Deputy Kieran O’Donnell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the number and dates of meetings which took place in 1993 or 1994 between him and the promoters of the Ogden/Sonas consortium; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35082/07]

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I am informed that there are no records on file in my Department of meetings between the Minister and the promoters in question during the period specified. However, the records contain a claim by the then Chief Executive of An Post that his understanding was the Minister had met such a promoter. Also, in a copy on file of a September 1994 letter from the Ogden/Sonas promoters to the Department of the Taoiseach, there is reference to the promoters having made a presentation to members of the Government and officials in March 1994, but the Department of Finance's records give no further information on this.

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