Thursday, 13 December 2018

Ceisteanna (69, 71, 74)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

69. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the development of the national children’s science centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52575/18]

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Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

71. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated cost of the development of the national children’s science centre; the financial model which will be applied; the funding sources for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52577/18]

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Barry Cowen

Ceist:

74. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the Department that has the responsibility to undertake a cost-benefit analysis for the children’s science centre; if his Department has undertaken such an analysis; if he has or will be publishing a report on the project; the estimated amount it would cost for the initial investment and operational costs, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52618/18]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 69, 71 and 74 together.

Having obtained planning permission for the provision of premises for the proposed interactive Children’s Science Centre at Earlsfort Terrace, the Commissioners of Public Works are in the process of procuring technical consultants to prepare tender/contract documentation with a view to preparing a request for tenders in the latter part of 2019. It is not possible at this stage to provide an accurate estimated cost. The construction cost of the premises, which largely involves the refurbishment of existing State owned buildings, will be met from Exchequer funding. A detailed business plan has been completed by the promoters of the project and further cost benefit analysis will be undertaken in the course of next year in regard to the establishment and operation of the proposed Centre. The financial model for operation of the proposed Centre has not been finalised as yet. It is not proposed to publish a report on the proposed project at this time.