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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227. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to proceed with the proposed playground at Oldbridge House, County Meath, for which planning permission was obtained some years ago. (Question 35145/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Funds were not available in the Office of Public Works for the playground and a request for a financial contribution from the Local Authority (Meath County Council) was declined. The Planning Permission granted in September 2011 has expired. There are no plans at present to proceed with the development.
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240. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when printable maps of the streams and rivers which are the responsibility of the Office of Public Works for drainage purposes will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36025/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The OPW carries out a programme of Arterial Drainage Maintenance to a total of 11,500km of river channel and approximately 730km of embankments nationally. These maintenance works relate to arterial drainage schemes completed by the OPW under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945, whose purpose was primarily to improve the drainage of agricultural lands. The OPW has a duty to maintain the completed schem...

320. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the security measures that will be put in place once Seanad Éireann temporarily relocates to the National Museum of Ireland; the fire safety measures to be implemented; if these will require additional structural amendments to the building; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21623/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The works relating to the temporary relocation of Seanad Eireann to areas of the National Museum of Ireland require consideration under the provisions of Part 9 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended). The design and specification of the works necessary as a result of this relocation take full account of the security and fire safety considerations arising with this temporary move and...

682. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to remove cost benefit criteria for applications for funding for minor or major capital works projects in Gort (details supplied). (Question 20682/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): There are no plans to remove cost benefit criteria from the assessment of capital works funding proposals. In relation to applications for funding for minor capital works a review of the Office of Public Works Minor Works Scheme is currently under way with a view to examining the criteria for consideration within the Scheme, including for example the various thresholds for the assessment of benefit and th...

13. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost and works required for the Seanad Éireann move to the ceramics room in the National Museum of Ireland; the arrangements in place; the safeguards in place for this room; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3742/17 asked on 02 Mar 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): Prior to and following the agreement with the National Museum of Ireland to temporarily relocate Seanad Éireann to the Ceramics Room of the Museum, the Office of Public Works has been actively engaged with the management and the staff of the Museum to assist with the process of their preparation of the detailed plans and tender documentation required to advance these works. Any and all works proposed will...

174. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the details of, and his views on, recent projects completed at Rathfarnham Castle and the Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham; if further projects are planned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7541/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): Rathfarnham Castle is a National Monument in State ownership since 1988. The Office of Public Works manages the site and has undertaken a programme of conservation and refurbishment at the castle over the past twenty years.
The most recent (Phase 6) works were completed in 2015 and provided a new lift and staircase in the south-west tower, new toilet facilities at basement level in the southeast tower, up...

180. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the action the Office of Public Works plans to take to address a building (details supplied). (Question 7660/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The Office of Public Works (OPW) is not the owner of the former Courthouse in Tipperary Town. Consequently, it is not a matter for OPW to carry out any repairs which may be required for this building.
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181. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of legal proceedings taken by the Office of Public Works (details supplied). (Question 7688/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The premises referred to has been vacated since the Summer of 2014. The matter is the subject of legal proceedings which are ongoing at present. On foot of legal advice, it is not appropriate at this time to provide any further detail on this matter so as not to prejudice the outcome of this case.
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115. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will make the scope of works being carried out on a monument (details supplied) in County Kerry available to the public; if all future works to monuments will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37821/16 asked on 30 Nov 2016 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The works currently being undertaken by the Office of Public Works at St. Brendan’s Oratory, Kilmakedar site are designed to address structural instability in the Monument and a partial collapse in the front wall and a gable wall of the building. The intention of the works is to ensure that these structures do not suffer further collapse and irreversible damage. 
The project involved the insertion on a t...

360. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans for a new building (details supplied); if the OPW has carried out any preparatory works regarding this new building; if the site of the current building is suitable for a new build; the timeline of when this work will commence; when it is expected to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30257/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): A submission has been received by the Office of Public Works (OPW) from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, requesting renovation of the facilities at the site of the Coastguard Station, Malin Head, Co. Donegal.
OPW is currently carrying out a technical assessment of the site. The outcome of this assessment will determine cost and the timetable for undertaking the works.
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335. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of conservation works at a chapel (details supplied); when these works will be completed; when the scaffolding around the chapel will be removed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28087/16 asked on 04 Oct 2016 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The conservation works to Cormac’s Chapel at the Rock of Cashel have been underway for a number of years and are now completed. The work has involved the consolidation and repair of the roof, repointing of wall elements to eliminate a significant water penetration problem, the gradual drying out of the building and the eradication of micro biological growth from the internal wall paintings.
Dismantling of...