Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (184)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

184. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the Office of Public Works owned and-or managed and-or leased properties that have and are not being used and-or are vacant and-or are not yet assigned to a body by status, location and duration of vacancy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35069/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The OPW actively manages a portfolio of some 2,500 properties throughout the country, that ranges from office accommodation to heritage properties, visitors centres to Garda stations, among others.  At any given time it is normal that a number of properties are vacant.  In the case of the OPW portfolio, there are 98 properties currently vacant, reduced from over 200 that were vacant in 2014. 

The majority of these are former Garda stations closed under the 2012/13 closure programme.  As these stations were subject to examination under the recent policing review, the OPW was specifically requested not to dispose of them.  Now that this review is completed, the future of the remaining stations will be determined.  

When a property is deemed suitable for disposal, the OPW will, in the first instance, offer it for use to other public bodies (e.g. local authorities, LDA, HSE etc.) prior to it being placed on the open market.

Closed Garda Stations   

An interim report of the Policing Authority identified six stations for re-opening on a pilot basis.  These were -

- Ballinaspittle, Co. Cork  

- Bawnboy, Co. Cavan 

- Donard, Co. Wicklow 

- Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow 

- Rush, Co. Dublin 

- Stepaside, Co. Dublin 

This second review, carried out by the Garda Inspectorate, was published in December 2018.  Following the publication of the review, the OPW and An Garda Síochána engaged in discussions to determine the future use of the former Garda stations.  Following these discussions, An Garda Síochána advised the OPW in May 2019 that 47 of the former Garda stations are surplus to requirements. The OPW is now processing these properties in accordance with its disposal policy. 

The OPW’s policy on disposal of surplus State property is as follows:  

- Identify if the property is required/suitable for alternative State use by both Government departments and the wider public sector.  

- If there is no other State use identified for a property, the OPW will then consider disposing of the property on the open market if and when conditions prevail, in order to generate revenue for the Exchequer.  

- If no State requirement is identified, or if a decision is taken not to dispose of a particular property, the OPW may consider community involvement (subject to detailed written submission, which would indicate that the community/voluntary group has the means to insure, maintain and manage the property and that there are no ongoing costs for the Excheque 

Sites  

Sites in State ownership (OPW) range in size from a plot of ground measuring 300 square metres to one site of 31 acres.  These sites were acquired over the years for a variety of uses including: customs posts, met stations, sites for the Courts Service or An Garda Síochána.  They also include sites acquired for the purposes of the Government’s decentralisation programme for Government Departments/Offices.   

The majority of these sites have been identified as being suitable for transfer to other State bodies or are being retained for future State development.  The future use or disposal of the remainder is under consideration.    

As a matter of policy, no property or site is disposed of until there is absolute certainty that there is no alternative State use for it.  

Alternative State use, in accordance with the OPW disposal policy, has been explored for each of those properties and sites identified as being prepared for disposal.   

Leased Property 

There is one vacant leased property at Clare Street, Dublin 2.  The lease expires in January 2020 and will not be renewed.  

Properties and sites not allocated or assigned 

The following table identifies properties and sites that are not currently allocated to other State Bodies and excludes properties and sites that are being assigned for alternative State use, for transfer to other State Bodies and are under consideration for community use.  

 List of vacant Properties and Sites not assigned  

County 

Location 

Property Type 

Size of Site 

Current status 

Year of last use 

Cavan 

Redhills 

Former Garda station  

 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2013 

Cavan 

Stradone 

Former Garda station  

 

Being prepared for disposal 

2002 

Cavan 

Ballyconnell 

Former Customs Post Site 

0.3 acres 

Alternative State use being examined. 

 

Cavan 

Farnham Road, Cavan Town 

Decentralisation Site 

10.8 acres 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2006 

Clare 

Broadford 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Clare 

Doonbeg 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Clare 

Inagh 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Clare 

Lahinch 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Clare 

Quin 

Former Garda station 

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Cork 

Woodville, Blarney 

Residence 

 

Being prepared for disposal 

2010 

Cork 

Adrigole 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Cork 

Ballyfeard 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2012 

Cork 

Ballygurteen 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2012 

Cork 

Clonakilty   

Former Agricultural Offices 

 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2014 

Cork 

Crosshaven (cottage No. 4) 

Former Coastguard Cottage 

 

Being prepared for disposal 

1995 

Cork 

Crosshaven (cottage No. 5) 

Former Coastguard Cottage 

 

Being prepared for disposal 

2005 

Cork 

Crosshaven (cottage No. 7) 

Former Coastguard Cottage 

 

Being prepared for disposal 

Pre 1983 

Cork 

Crosshaven (cottage No. 8) 

Former Coastguard Cottage 

 

Being prepared for disposal 

Pre 1983 

Cork 

Crosshaven (cottage No. 9) 

Former Coastguard Cottage 

 

Being prepared for disposal 

Pre 1983 

Cork 

Crosshaven (cottage No. 10) 

Former Coastguard Cottage 

 

Being prepared for disposal 

Pre 1983 

Cork 

Crosshaven (cottage No. 11) 

Former Coastguard Cottage 

 

Being prepared for disposal 

1996 

Cork 

Crosshaven 

Site 

1 acre 

Being prepared for disposal 

 

Cork 

Goleen 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2012 

Cork 

Knocknagree 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2012 

Cork 

Rathduff 

Former Garda station  

 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2013 

Cork City 

McCurtain Street 

Former Garda station  

 

Being prepared for disposal 

2013 

Cork City 

St Luke's, Ballyhooley Road 

Former Garda station  

 

Being prepared for disposal 

1992 

Donegal 

Ballyshannon  

Former Customs Post Site 

 

Alternative State use being examined. 

 

Donegal 

The Mall, Ballyshannon 

Residence 

 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2013 

Donegal 

Bunbeg 

Former Garda station  

 

Being prepared for disposal 

2008 

Donegal 

Buncrana 

Former Garda station  

 

Being prepared for disposal 

2007 

Donegal 

Castlefin 

Residence 

 

Alternative State use being examined. 

Early 1990s 

Donegal 

Castlefin 

Site 

0.2 acres 

Alternative State use being examined. 

 

Donegal 

Malin 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Dublin 

10-11 Castle Street 

Building 

 

Retained for strategic purposes. 

1999 

Dublin 

44 O'Connell Street 

Building 

 

Options being considered. 

2018 

Dublin 

45 O'Connell street 

Building 

 

Options being considered. 

2018 

Dublin 

Dalkey 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2012 

Dublin  

Spruce House / Leeson Lane 

Site 

0.5 acres 

Planning for new office development secured. 

 

Dublin 

Kill O'The Grange 

Site 

1 acre 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2007 

Dublin 

Halston Street. (Former Debtors' Prison). 

Building 

 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2006 

Dublin 

Hawkins House 

Building 

 

Options being considered. 

2018 

Dublin 

Kill O'The Grange 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2012 

Galway 

Eyrecourt 

Site 

0.8 acres 

Being prepared for disposal 

 

Galway 

Ballymoe 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Galway 

Corrandulla 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2012 

Galway 

Kilconly 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Galway 

Kiltullagh 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Galway 

Leenane 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Galway 

Maam 

Former Garda station  

 

Being prepared for disposal 

2004 

Galway 

Letterfrack 

Site 

c. 0.84 acres 

Being prepared for disposal 

 

Galway  

New Inn 

Site 

0.82 acres 

Being prepared for disposal 

 

Galway 

Portumna 

Former DSP Office 

 

Being prepared for disposal 

2013 

Kerry 

Killarney (Muckross Road) 

Site 

0.62 acres 

Alternative State use being examined. 

1981 

Kerry 

Ballylongford 

Residence 

 

Being prepared for disposal 

2012 

Kerry 

Camp 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Kerry 

Kilgarvan 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Kildare 

Rathangan  

Former Garda station  

 

Advertised for sale. 

2003 

Laois 

Portlaoise 

Decentralisation Site 

9 acres 

Alternative State use  

2007 

Leitrim 

Dromahair 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Leitrim 

Drumkeeran 

Former Garda station 

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2012 

Leitrim 

Glenfarne 

Former Garda station  

 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2013 

Leitrim 

Keshcarrigan 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Limerick 

Castletown Conyers 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Limerick 

Galbally 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Limerick 

Kilfinane  

Former Garda station 

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Limerick 

Shanagolden 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

22012 

Longford 

Ardagh 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Longford 

Ballinalee 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Louth 

Ferryhill 

Former Customs Post Site 

0.3 acres 

Alternative State use being examined. 

 

Louth 

Carrickarnon 

Former Customs Post Site 

10 Hectares 

Alternative State use being examined. 

 

Mayo 

Claremorris 

Decentralisation Site 

2.7 acres 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2007 

Mayo 

Knock 

Decentralisation Site 

2.4 Hectares 

Being prepared for disposal 

2007 

Mayo 

Ballina 

Former Garda station  

 

Being prepared for disposal 

2005 

Mayo 

Ballyglass 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Mayo 

Bellacorrick 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2012 

Mayo 

Blacksod 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Mayo 

Hollymount 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Monaghan 

Castleblayney 

Former Customs Post Site 

3.6 acres 

Alternative State use being examined. 

 

Monaghan 

Scotstown 

Site 

0.42 acres 

Alternative State use being examined. 

 

Monaghan 

Clontibret 

Former Garda station  

 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2012 

Monaghan 

Clontibret 

Residence 

 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2012 

Monaghan 

Corrinshigagh 

Former Garda station  

 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2013 

Monaghan 

Newbliss 

Former Garda station  

 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2013 

Monaghan 

Smithborough 

Former Garda station  

 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2012 

Offaly 

Edenderry 

Decentralisation Site 

2.1 acres 

Alternative State use being examined. 

2007 

Offaly 

Birr 

Former Met Station  

 

Being prepared for disposal. 

2009 

Roscommon 

Knockcroghery 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Roscommon 

Tarmonbarry 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2012 

Sligo 

Ballymote 

Former Garda station  

 

Being prepared for disposal. 

2009 

Sligo 

Cliffoney 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Tipperary 

New Inn (Tipperary) 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Tipperary 

Rearcross 

Site 

0.5 acres 

Being prepared for disposal. 

 

Waterford 

Ardmore 

Building 

 

Being prepared for disposal. 

2010 

Waterford 

Ballyduff 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013 

Wexford 

Roche's Road 

Former Garda station  

 

No alterntive State interest.  Community interest. 

2017 

Wicklow 

Ashford 

Former Garda station  

 

Options being considered. 

2003 

Wicklow 

Hollywood 

Former Garda station  

 

OPW disposal policy following reviews of closed Garda stations 

2013