Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (152)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

152. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans for the former Garda station at MacCurtain Street in Cork city. [45133/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The official closure of the Garda station at MacCurtain St Cork was announced in An Garda Síochána’s 2013 Policing Plan. I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that, following the examination of a number of possible options for future State use, the property at MacCurtain Street, Cork, has been deemed surplus to requirements. Consequently the property has been identified for disposal in line with the OPW policy on disposal.

The OPW policy with regard to non-operational (vacant) State property, including the former Garda station at MacCurtain Street is to:

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

2. 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.

3. 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 property is scheduled to be advertised for sale in November 2019 by public auction.