Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (671)

Catherine Murphy


671. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the date on which the current lease on An Garda Síochána premises at Harcourt Street, Dublin, expires; the amount paid each year in rent in respect of same; if An Garda Síochána plans to extend the lease or if it is proposed to find new accommodation; if a new build is being considered at a different site in Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22605/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The programme of refurbishment and replacement of Garda accommodation is based on accommodation priorities which are established by An Garda Síochána. The programme is advanced in close co-operation with the Office of Public Works, which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. Funding for such works is met by the Office of Public Works.

In that context, capital expenditure on Garda accommodation, including all leases, comes under the remit of the Office of Public Works. Accordingly it is a matter for the Office of Public Works to negotiate any future leases in relation to this property.