Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1206)

Michael McGrath

Question:

1206. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the partial demolition of a historic 19th century stone folly on the grounds of the former Bessborough Mother and Baby Home in Mahon, Cork; if her Department is taking action on the issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13713/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

I am aware of the concerns being expressed in relation to recent construction activities on the grounds of the former Mother and Baby Home in Bessborough, Cork.

These concerns have also been raised with me by members of the Collaborative Forum of former residents of this and similar institutions.

My understanding is that there are protections in place in respect of this property under Section 53 of the Planning and Developments Acts. Relevant regulations and controls are a matter for the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Cork City Council.

I am informed that Cork City Council has been in contact with the owners of the property in this regard. The Deputy may wish to contact the Council directly for any further information that may be available.