Thursday, 22 November 2018

Questions (73)

Kevin O'Keeffe

Question:

73. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position in relation to a building (details supplied). [48664/18]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The property referred to by the Deputy is not in my ownership. In common with other buildings of its kind, there is a charging lease in place on the property, in this case dated 1971 for 99 years to protect the state's investment in the property.

In circumstances where a property has ceased to be used as a school, and a request is received from the property owner to release the State's interest secured under a charging lease, such requests are considered in the context of the specific circumstances which pertain to the individual property.

I can confirm that my Department has not received a request from the property owners to release my interest in this property. 

Further, my Department is not in a position to provide any financial support in this case as this property is not in my ownership.