Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Ceisteanna (39)

Olivia Mitchell

Ceist:

121 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the position regarding the relocation of the National Concert Hall to Grand Canal Harbour; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6151/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism)

On foot of discussions which have taken place among my Department, the OPW and the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, it has been determined that the site on offer at Grand Canal Harbour is not capable of being developed to meet the accommodation brief for the National Concert Hall and would not offer any significant improvement over the present location given the expenditure that would be involved.

In these circumstances I am considering what other options may be available to me to address the needs of the National Concert Hall. I will report to Government on them in due course.