Thursday, 17 October 2019

Ceisteanna (93)

Seán Haughey


93. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans for a building (details supplied); the use being made of same; the way in which it is being protected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42712/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The Commissioners of Public Works (CPW) manage the Debtors' Prison which is a protected structure that was built circa 1794.  The property is a free- standing U-shaped three storey over basement building that, while externally sound and waterproof, is internally in very poor condition with only basic services. 

A number of organisations have expressed an interest in acquiring the property under licence/lease for use as artist studios, employment support services, advocacy services, etc.  From time to time, the building is licensed for use as a film set.

The OPW has met with Dublin City Council in relation to its future use.  However, the extent of fire safety and refurbishment works needed to meet with current regulations is significant.  Therefore, the OPW continues to engage with DCC to consider the most appropriate use for this historic property.

In relation to protecting the property, regular maintenance is undertaken by the OPW to protect the fabric of the building.  Security services are engaged to protect against intrusion and vandalism.