As I have advised previously on several occasions, the position remains that only one of the three local authorities involved, South Dublin County Council, has completed the legal formalities in this case. The delay in completing the process is attributable primarily to concerns of Fingal County Council and to a lesser extent of Kildare County Council. Although these concerns have long since been addressed neither Fingal council nor Kildare County Council has yet completed the transfer documents.
Since acquiring the property in August 1996 both my Department and the Chief State Solicitor's office have done everything in their power to ensure that the transfer of the property is completed as expeditiously as possible.
While my Department has been given to understand that Fingal council and Kildare County Council are now agreeable to completing the legal formalities, it is a matter in the final analysis for both authorities to deliver in this regard and honour the commitments entered into by them in 1996.