Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Questions (326)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

326. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on a matter relating to the property of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51994/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

My Department is aware of this property and has in the past made enquiries about this property. While it would have been considered desirable, any pursuit of the property had been constrained by resources available as the Department focused upon managing its existing National Park holdings, including the completion of the restoration and refurbishment of Killarney House and Gardens.

My Department’s most recent enquiry in relation to the property in October was to ask if the property was still on the market. I am advised that the Department was unaware that an offer had been made on the property and that the timing of this enquiry by the Department's representative was coincidental. Ultimately, the sale or otherwise of this property is a private commercial transaction for the owner(s) and my Department will not comment further on same. The Department is unaware of an approach by the Office of Public Works.