Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Questions (180)

Paul Murphy

Question:

180. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount spent on the upkeep, staffing and event costs for a building (details supplied) in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50582/18]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Steward's House is managed as part of the estate of Farmleigh and as such, it does not have dedicated staff and annual costs are not apportioned specifically to the property.

The following repair and refurbishment works have been carried out on Steward's House, Farmleigh in the last five years.

1) 2013 repairs to brick paving and gravel in front driveway cost €12,500 plus VAT;

2) 2016 repairs to garden wall €12,490 plus VAT.

Building Maintenance Services, a service department of the OPW, provides reactive and preventative minor maintenance in Steward's House as part of their normal duties at Farmleigh Estate.

Farmleigh outdoor staff carry out grass and hedge cutting at Steward's House as part of their normal rostered duties at the estate.

Farmleigh Housekeeping Service ensures that Steward's House house is ready for occupation as part of regular work at Farmleigh House, on an ad hoc basis, with no separate apportioning of cost. Costs associated with servicing Steward's House would amount to no more than €500 annually.