Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Questions (168, 170)

Kevin Humphreys

Question:

168. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 459, 460, 461and 462 of 18 September 2013, if he will provide a breakdown of the costs incurred by the Office of Public Works, if any, in the contracting of outside professional services, or third party professionals, for the preparation of the design work, planning guidance and any other assistance provided by the OPW to the Irish Jewish Museum in the preparation and submission of its planning permission request to Dublin City Council; if the OPW arranged any such outside professional services for that purpose on the condition that a different body or person would pick up the cost; what those services were; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41312/13]

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Kevin Humphreys

Question:

170. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works performed a hydro-geological assessment report for the Irish Jewish Museum at the request of An Bord Pleanála or in preparation of its original planning permission; if it did, the projected market cost of such work and the number of hours of staff time and their grade that are deployed or required for its completion; if it contracted the services in, the cost of such work and the persons that paid for it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41314/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 and 170 together.

The OPW, in the preparation of the planning application, commissioned the services of an external provider to undertake ground investigations to inform, the design and planning application process. The fees associated with that engagement were €8,066.90. Specialist planning advice, which did not exist within the OPW, was also commissioned to assist the planning process. Costs arising from that advice are expected to be in the region of €5,000. The OPW has not arranged any professional services on the basis that a different body or person would pick up the cost. It was indicated to the Irish Jewish Museum that certain professional engagements should be considered but responsibility for progressing with any or all of those is a matter for the Irish Jewish Museum. The OPW did not undertake a Hydro-geological Assessment Report as part of the planning application process nor has it contracted the services in.