Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (330)

Joe Costello

Ceist:

406 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the reason Shanganagh Castle open prison has not been sold a year after he announced the closure and sale of the premises; if any legal difficulty has arisen regarding the proposed sale; if there are staff still retained in the prison; the cost to the Exchequer of maintaining the prison for the past 12 months; the plans he has for the prison; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3612/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

Agreement in principle for the terms of the sale of the property has been reached with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. No major legal difficulties have arisen to date and I expect the sale to be completed this year. A minimal staffing presence has been retained to maintain the security of the premises. Maintenance costs for the year 2003 were approximately €117,000.