Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (221)

Bobby Aylward

Ceist:

221. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the lease in respect of a school (details supplied); if he will consider awarding ownership of the lease to an organisation in the event the lease has expired and the fact that the school was closed in the early 1970s which would allow the organisation to apply for funding through the sports capital grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53174/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The property referred to by the Deputy is not in my ownership. In common with other buildings of its kind, there is a charging lease in place on the property, in this case dated 1913 for 890 years to protect the state's investment in the property.

In circumstances where a property has ceased to be used as a school, and a request is received from the property owner to release the State's interest secured under a charging lease, such requests are considered in the context of the specific circumstances which pertain to the individual property.

I can confirm that my Department has not received a request from the property owners to release my interest in this property.