Thursday, 21 January 2021

Ceisteanna (98)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

98. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3014/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The Deputy is aware that the former Garda station at Moyvane closed on the 30th March 2012 as part of An Garda Síochána's rationalisation programme. The property was returned to the Commissioners of Public Works to consider for alternative State use or disposal.

In line with the OPW’s disposal policy, consideration must be given to alternative State use by either Government Departments or the wider public sector, in advance of considering disposal by sale or, where feasible, to consider community use. In considering community use, the OPW requires a detailed submission from a community or voluntary organisation that sets out the intended purpose and that indicates that the group has the means to insure, maintain and manage the property in a way that ensures that there are no ongoing costs for the Exchequer.

I am informed by my officials that they met the group referred to by the Deputy in October 2020 and continue to correspond with them in relation to their proposal to licence the property. This is primarily because part of the property has structural defects and is in poor condition.