Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (658)

Michael McGrath


658. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the final agreed tender price, the date of the tender for the contract and the final overall amount paid and the date of the final payment in respect of each capital expenditure project completed since 1 January 2014 by her Department or an agency under the remit of her Department and which ended up costing €10 million or more in tabular form; the reason the final amount paid exceeded the final tender price; the details available in respect of projects in which construction is not complete to date or in which the final settlement account has not been agreed to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39920/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the capital projects valued in excess of €10m completed by my Department since 1st January 2014 is set out in the following table.


Initial Contract Value

Final Cost

Phase 3 of the Master Development Plan of the National Gallery of Ireland including refurbishment of the Dargan and Milltown Wings (Awarded 2014 and Completed in 2017)


€31.7m subject to final account

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is not possible to provide a final outturn cost where work is ongoing on establishing the final account.

In April 2018, I was pleased to announce details of the ten year plan, “Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018 – 2027” setting out the Government’s commitment for capital investment of almost €1.2 billion in Ireland’s culture, heritage and language infrastructure as part of Project Ireland 2040 and I can assure the House that capital projects are appraised, planned, implemented and evaluated in line with the Public Spending Code and best practice guidance outlined in the Capital Works Management framework published by the Office of Government Procurement.

Under this programme my Department is currently providing support for two major capital projects: a four-year redevelopment of the National Library of Ireland involving the upgrading of the East and West Wings of the Library, and the provision of a secure environmentally-controlled archival repository at the National Archives. The projects are being carried out by the Office of Public Works in partnership with the National Library of Ireland and the National Archives.

Following completion of the first phase of the redevelopment project last June, the National Library is now preparing to commence the second phase of the project.

In respect of the National Archives, I am advised that it is intended to undertake the tender for the National Archives Repository Redevelopment over the coming months.