Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dún Laoghaire Car Ferry.

Tuesday, 14 July 1970

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 248 No. 7

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Mr. Moore: Information on Seán Moore  Zoom on Seán Moore  asked the Minister for Finance when the temporary car ferry terminal will be dismantled to return the pier at Dún Laoghaire to its [968] original form; and what is it intended to do with the dismantled materials.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance (Mr. Lemass): Information on Noel T. Lemass  Zoom on Noel T. Lemass  The contract for the dismantling of the temporary car ferry terminal building is almost completed. The materials of the main fabric become the property of the contractor but the internal fittings are being retained by the Office of Public Works for other use.

Mr. Moore: Information on Seán Moore  Zoom on Seán Moore  Could the Parliamentary Secretary be more explicit on the date of commencement of the work?

Mr. Lemass: Information on Noel T. Lemass  Zoom on Noel T. Lemass  The contract for the removal of the temporary car ferry building was placed on 13th May, 1970. The work will be finished in about one week's time. The clearing of the surface of the site will take a further week. The future of the bailey bridge and of the lift is subject to consultation with the Department of Transport and Power. It is my intention to honour the pledge made by the previous Minister for Transport and Power in this regard.

Dr. FitzGerald: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  Why was the work held up until the middle of the tourist season and not completed a month ago?

Mr. Lemass: Information on Noel T. Lemass  Zoom on Noel T. Lemass  When surplus State property becomes available it is a regulation that each Government Department must be consulted in order to know whether they have use for it. Having gone through this procedure and having had a meeting with the Department of Transport and Power, Bord Fáilte and other interested bodies, we advertised for the sale of the building material in the structure.


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