Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Ceisteanna (686, 687)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

686. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the amount of land purchased and leased by size and amount expended in the past five years to date; the location of same; the term of the lease and amount expended per year in cases in which land is leased; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25381/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

687. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of buildings and property purchased and leased and the amount expended in the past five years to date; the location of same; the term of the lease and the amount expended per year in cases in which properties are leased; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25398/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 686 and 687 together.

In general, matters relating to the acquisition and leasing of property for my Department are the responsibility of the Office of Public Works. However, I am advised that my Department has also leased a small number of properties over the period in question, the details of which are shown in the relevant tables below.

My Department owns significant lands across the country, including national parks , national monuments sites, nature reserves and other property acquired for purposes of heritage protection and conservation.

Details of Properties purchased by the National Monuments Service Unit of the Department in connection with the protection ,conservation and presentation of national monuments are set out in the following table.

Year

Details of Property

Cost

2014

Askeaton Gate Lodge, Co. Limerick

€20,000

2015

14-17 Moore Street, Dublin

€4,000,000

Details of purchases of land by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department in connection with the management of National Parks and Reserves are set out in the following table.

Year

Details of Property

Cost

2016

4,900 acres at Glenasmole, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Co. Dublin 64 hectares at Srahduggan, Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park, Co. Mayo

€800,000 €220,000

2017

4 acres at Burren Information Point, Corofin, Co. Galway

€175,000

2018

47 acreas at Bleanmore Island, Co. Mayo

€ 65,000

Details of smaller purchases of land by the Peatlands Management Unit, Site Protection Unit and Bog Relocation Unit of the National Parks and Wildlife Service under the Cessation of Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme, over the period in question are set out in the following table.

Year

Amount of Land purchased

Location (County)

Cost

2014

7 acres 2 acres 7 acres 29 acres 28 acres 6 acres

Longford Clare Offaly Galway Mayo Tipperary

€291,500

2015

3 acres 42 acres 23 acres 50 acres 15 acres 3 acres

Tipperary Offaly Meath Galway Westmeath Roscommon

€494,326

2016

11 acres 3 acres 65 acres 7 acres 11 acres 19 acres 18 acres

Leitrim Meath Roscommon Westmeath Mayo Galway Offaly

€353,223

2017

140 acres 11 acres 70 acres 15 acres 2 acres

Tipperary Galway Roscommon Mayo Leitrim

€719,739

2018

22 acres 52 acres 15 acres 41 acres

Offaly Galway Mayo Westmeath

€736,814

2019 (to date)

11 acres 11acres 4 acres 6 acres

Roscommon Westmeath Offaly Galway

€116,042

My Department has also entered into lease arrangements with Bord na Móna for relocation sites for turf cutters from designated bogs under the Cessation of Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme. The term of these leases is 65 years and the full cost of the lease will be paid over the first 7 years of the 65 year period. From 2014 to date the Department has spent €510,469 on these leases. The 2019 payment will be made later in the year. The cost of each lease is based upon the projected amount of hoppers of turf that will be extracted from each relocation site.

Year

Amount of Land Leased

Location (County)

2014

44 acres 83.5 acres

Offaly Galway

2015

44 acres 83.5 acres

Offaly Galway

2016

44 acres 103.7 acres 1.5 acres

Offaly Galway Westmeath

2017

44 acres 103.7 acres 1.5 acres

Offaly Galway Westmeath

2018

44 acres 103.7 acres 1.5 acres

Offaly Galway Westmeath

2019 to date

44 acres 103.7 acres 1.5 acres

Offaly Galway Westmeath

Properties Leased by the Department

2014

Details of Property

Term of Lease

Cost

Kerry LIFE Project Office , Shanacashel Community Centre

5 years

€ 1,499

Burren Life Project ,Office, Carron Parish Community Hall, Co. Clare

5 years

€ 8,717

2015

Details of Property

Term of Lease

Cost

Kerry LIFE Project Office , Shanacashel Community Centre

5 years

€ 4,995

Burren Life Project ,Office, Carron Parish Community Hall, Co. Clare

5 years

€ 9,812

2016

Details of Property

Term of Lease

Cost

Kerry LIFE Project Office , Shanacashel Community Centre

5 Years

€ 4,995

Burren Life Project ,Office, Carron Parish Community Hall, Co. Clare

5 Years

€14,161

LIFE Project Office, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

5 Years

€10,325

2017

Details of Property

Term of Lease

Cost

Kerry LIFE Project Office , Shanacashel Community Centre

5 Years

€ 4,995

Burren Life Project ,Office, Carron Parish Community Hall, Co. Clare

5 Years

€ 8,717

LIFE Project Office, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

5 Years

€12,167

An Coimisinéir Teanga,An Spidéal, Gaillimh

10 Years

€48,228

2018

Details of Property

Term of Lease

Cost

Kerry LIFE Project Office , Shanacashel Community Centre

5 Years

€ 4,995

Burren Life Project ,Office, Carron Parish Community Hall, Co. Clare

5 years

€ 8,717

LIFE Project Office, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

5 Years

€12,167

An Coimisinéir Teanga,An Spidéal, Gaillimh,

10 Years

€48,019

2019

Details of Property

Term of Lease

Cost (to date)

Kerry LIFE Project Office , Shanacashel Community Centre

5 Years

€ 1,499

Burren Life Project ,Office, Carron Parish Community Hall, Co. Clare

5 Years

€ 0

LIFE Project Office, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

5 Years

€6,083

An Coimisinéir Teanga,An Spidéal, Gaillimh,

10 Years

€24,009

For completeness, I wish to advise that my Department also uses part of a storage facility in Swords, Co. Dublin, leased by the OPW on behalf of the National Museum of Ireland. The annual cost to my Department is €140,000.