Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (204)

Jim O'Callaghan

Question:

204. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans for the now closed Kill O'The Grange Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21883/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

As part of the Programme for a Partnership Government, the Office of Public Works (OPW) was requested not to dispose of any closed Garda stations pending the outcome of two reviews of closed Garda stations.

 The first review identified six closed Garda stations for reopening and the second review, published on the 21st December 2018, did not identify any further closed Garda stations for reopening.

An Garda Síochána has recently advised the OPW that they no longer have an interest in the former Garda station at Kill O’The Grange and the Commissioners of Public Works have now recommenced the process of identifying either alternative State use or disposal of the property, in line with OPW’s disposal policy on surplus vacant property.

The OPW policy with regard to non-operational (vacant) State property, including the former Garda station at Kill O’The Grange is to:

Identify if the property is required/suitable for alternative State use by either Government Departments or the wider public sector.

If there is no other State use identified for a property, the OPW will then consider disposing of the property on the open market if and when conditions prevail, in order to generate revenue for the Exchequer.

If no State requirement is identified or if a decision is taken not to dispose of a particular property, the OPW may consider community involvement (subject to a detailed written submission, which would indicate that the community/voluntary group has the means to insure, maintain and manage the property and that there are no ongoing costs for the Exchequer).

The OPW will again establish if there is any alternative State use for the property prior to disposing of it on the open market.