286. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when progress is expected on the delivery of a €3 million property and exhibit store for Naas Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16202/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works can confirm that a project to provide a Property Evidence Management Store (PEMS) at Naas GS is at design stage currently.
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296. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the OPW’s plans to address coastal erosion in Laytown, Bettystown and Mornington, County Meath; if he will publish details on the impact of erosion of the coastline in east County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15726/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): While the Office of Public Works (OPW) does not have responsibility for coastal erosion policy or strategy, the OPW has undertaken a national assessment of coastal erosion (including erosion rates) under the Irish Coastal Protection Strategy Study (ICPSS) and the results of this study have been published on the OPW website. The relevant reports and associated predictive erosion hazard mapping (to 205...

161. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works plans to upgrade the monument building and surrounding grounds at the Casino in Marino, Dublin 9; if Dublin City Council owns the green space immediately opposite Casino Park in view of the fact that this area is not part of the fenced off demesne; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12782/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Casino Marino is closed for an extensive programme of safety upgrade works which is underway at present.
There is an area of land to the North West of the Casino Park which is in the ownership of Dublin City Council. I presume that this is the area referred to by the Deputy.
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92. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the works being carried out in the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park; when the works will be completed; when the fort will be reopened as an amenity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10323/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran) (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Commissioners of Public Works have an ongoing and phased programme of maintenance and conservation works planned at the Magazine Fort. Alongside these works, OPW has recently appointed a multi-disciplinary team to put in place a master plan for the Phoenix Park, which will include the Magazine Fort and look at viable and sustainable uses for the Fort and its significan...

75. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the planned extension to Longford town Garda station. (Question 9133/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works (OPW) and An Garda Síochána (AGS) are in the early stages of planning a refurbishment and upgrade of cells and custody facilities at Longford Garda Station. 
It is not possible, at this stage, to provide a timeframe for delivery of the project but OPW and AGS will continue to work together to ensure that the project progresses as speedily as possible.
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81. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to upgrade the barrage on the river Fergus in Clarecastle, County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9081/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran) (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I am advised by the Office of Public Works that that office has no responsibility for the maintenance of the barrage on the River Fergus at Clarecastle, County Clare. Responsibility for the barrage rests with Clare County Council as part of the Fergus Drainage District.
The Council has advised that it has carried out maintenance works in recent years on the sluice doors on...

152. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress of works at Ardara bridge, Cadamstown, County Offaly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6950/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Ardara Bridge at Cadamstown has been in very poor condition for many years, mainly attributable to factors such as the effects of water and invasive tree growth. Since 2007, considerable conservation work has been undertaken to save the bridge from collapse. The project has been phased to ensure that the work proceeds in a logical fashion recognising the need to address elements sequentially and to...

6. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the drainage projects to be undertaken by the Office of Public Works in County Cavan in 2018; the estimated cost of same; the drainage projects to be undertaken by Cavan County Council with financial assistance from the Office of Public Works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2131/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Deputy Brendan Smith: Many parts of County Cavan are affected by severe flooding. Unfortunately, however, very little of the county is covered by the Arterial Drainage Act 1945. There is at times a huge burden on the county council to carry out flood relief and drainage works. Will the Minister of State ensure whatever proposals are put before the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform by Cavan County Council are given urgent and favourable consideration? Will he engage with the Ministe...

272. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of discussion between Louth County Council and the OPW to redecorate the facade of a building (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55256/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I have been advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that they have been in discussion with Louth County Council in relation to the condition of Westgate House. The Council has agreed to redecorate the façade of the building.
The future use of the property is currently being considered in line with OPW stated policy and, upon completion of this review, the issue of the restoration of the buildin...

278. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for works (details supplied) that have been issued with a letter of intent and a funding stream to be completed. (Question 1293/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 278 and 281 together.
The Office of Public Works has invited tenders for proposed works to be carried out at Doneraile House. The proposed works include restoration of the ground floor to enable public access and for use of the main rooms as an exhibition and visitor reception facility. The tender return date for the ‘main tender’ works is 31st January 2018, with th...

281. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a project (details supplied). (Question 1394/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 278 and 281 together.
The Office of Public Works has invited tenders for proposed works to be carried out at Doneraile House. The proposed works include restoration of the ground floor to enable public access and for use of the main rooms as an exhibition and visitor reception facility. The tender return date for the ‘main tender’ works is 31st January 2018, with th...

21. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress by his Department in acquiring the new site identified in recent months for Bailieborough Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53256/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

(Deputy Patrick O’Donovan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 33 together.
The Office of Public Works and the Chief State Solicitor’s Office continue to progress the acquisition of the preferred site for this project as a high priority and expect the process to reach a conclusion shortly. The Minister of State, Deputy Moran, is happy to confirm that the contracts for sale have been executed by both parties and final completion of the acquisition process will take a number of weeks. Until...

33. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans for the Office of Public Works to purchase property for State organisations in counties Cavan and Monaghan; the stages in negotiation for each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53257/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

(Deputy Patrick O’Donovan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 33 together.
The Office of Public Works and the Chief State Solicitor’s Office continue to progress the acquisition of the preferred site for this project as a high priority and expect the process to reach a conclusion shortly. The Minister of State, Deputy Moran, is happy to confirm that the contracts for sale have been executed by both parties and final completion of the acquisition process will take a number of weeks. Until...

87. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the partners from the commercial sector of the economy that are involved with the Office of Public Works in the plans for the development of the children’s science museum exploration station proposed for the Earlsfort Terrace, the National Concert Hall and the Iveagh Gardens site. (Question 49680/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 to 89, inclusive, together.
The information sought by the Deputy is currently being addressed. A detailed response will issue to the Deputy directly.
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88. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the process by which the Earlsfort Terrace, the National Concert Hall and the Iveagh Gardens site was selected by the OPW as the most suitable for the development of the children’s science museum exploration station; if the OPW received representations from third parties regarding the choice of site; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49681/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 to 89, inclusive, together.
The information sought by the Deputy is currently being addressed. A detailed response will issue to the Deputy directly.
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89. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will publish a schedule of those philanthropic donors, foundations and corporations which have to date committed to supporting the OPW’s proposed national children’s science centre exploration station to be developed at Earlsfort Terrace, the National Concert Hall and the Iveagh Gardens. (Question 49683/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 to 89, inclusive, together.
The information sought by the Deputy is currently being addressed. A detailed response will issue to the Deputy directly.
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93. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when a project (details supplied) will proceed to tender stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49804/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works and the Chief State Solicitor’s Office continue to progress the acquisition of the preferred site for the proposed project as a high priority and expect the process to reach a conclusion shortly. Until the acquisition process is fully completed, it is not possible to determine or advise on the timeframes for further stages of the project including the tender stage.
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111. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a new Garda station (details supplied), in view of the fact the current building is not fit for purpose; and if the new station will be given priority. (Question 48294/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works and the Chief State Solicitors Office continue to progress the acquisition of the preferred site for the proposed project as a high priority and expect the process to reach a conclusion shortly.
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137. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the Office of Public Works refurbishment plan for Ballinasloe Garda station; the reason it took so long for the tender to be advertised; when it is expected the tender process will conclude; when it is expected the works will commence; the length of time it is expected the works will take; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48037/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 and 138 together.
It is expected that tender evaluation for the works for Ballinasloe Garda Station will be completed in the near future, following which a contract should be placed by the end of the year. Prior to advertising for tenders, it is necessary to complete all the steps for a capital project as set out under the Capital Works Management Framework. All...

138. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the refurbishment plan for Ballinasloe Garda station; the reason it took so long for the tender to be advertised; when the tender process will conclude; when the works will commence; the length of time the works will take; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48052/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 and 138 together.
It is expected that tender evaluation for the works for Ballinasloe Garda Station will be completed in the near future, following which a contract should be placed by the end of the year. Prior to advertising for tenders, it is necessary to complete all the steps for a capital project as set out under the Capital Works Management Framework. All...

301. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the additional funding arising from the mid-term capital review for infrastructure investment at heritage sites will enable the OPW to proceed with the phase 2 restoration works to Maynooth Castle, Maynooth, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47053/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): As indicated in the replies to earlier Question No. 362, 25530/17, on 30th May last, Maynooth Castle is not at this stage considered to offer a significant potential for tourism generation, which is the primary focus of the Fáilte Ireland – funded Tourism Investment Programme 2016 – 2021, and it is not being considered as an early candidate site for development in this regard.
The Mid Term Capital Re...

70. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a proposed building project (details supplied); when this project will proceed to the next stage; the timeframe for invitation of tenders and for construction to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43285/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The OPW and the CSSO continue to progress the acquisition of the preferred site for the proposed project as a high priority and expect the process to reach a conclusion shortly. It is not possible to provide exact timelines for the procurement and construction of the new station until the site acquisition process is complete.
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127. Deputy Hildegarde Naughton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the construction of a suitable building in Turoe, Bullaun, Loughrea, County Galway for the protection and display of the Turoe stone; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41299/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Work to conserve the Turoe Stone has been successfully completed and the artefact is in safe storage at the Office of Public Works premises at Portumna pending its return to the site at Loughrea where it will be housed in a specially designed environmental shelter.
The general siting and landscaping of the proposed structure has been designed and the OPW is engaged in the next stage which will be to ...

135. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the river C1-37-10 in County Westmeath could be lowered by the OPW; if the OPW will liaise with a person (details supplied) on the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41831/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Earlier this year, the Office of Public Works (OPW) was unable to complete maintenance work on Channel C1-37-10 arising from environmental concerns.
The OPW has been in contact with the land owner in question and informed him that works on the channel bed are scheduled to commence in May 2018 as part of OPW’s ongoing maintenance programme in that area.
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98. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if applications have been received from County Louth by the Office of Public Works for works to be carried out at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40272/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works has not received an application from Louth Council in respect of the Abbey of St. Mary D’Urso. Although the structure has some local historical significance, the building in question is not in the care of The Office of Public Works and it has no role in relation to it.
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