Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Capital Projects.

Thursday, 18 April 1991

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 407 No. 2

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  10.  Mr. O'Shea  Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Albert Reynolds  Zoom on Albert Reynolds   if he will outline the number of capital projects, including purchasing and construction of projects, undertaken at the Taoiseach's initiative in the last three years; the numbers of such projects which were put to tender; the number on which independent valuations were sought; if he will outline the procedure generally followed in his Department in respect of tendering and/or valuations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Mr. V. Brady: Information on Vincent Brady  Zoom on Vincent Brady  Two capital projects have resulted from the enactment of the legislation to establish a national historic park on An Blascaod Mór. A visitor centre will be constructed on the mainland to interpret the heritage of the island and the landing facilities of the island itself will be improved. Acquisition of land for the visitor centre was handled by valuers from the Office of Public Works. Tenders have not yet been invited for the construction works but when they are normal Government contract procedures will apply.

Interpretative and visitor reception centres are being planned for the Ceide Fields, Ballycastle, County Mayo, which is a unique neolithic archaeological site, and for the Corlea Bog, Keenagh, County Longford where portion of a major timber trackway recently exposed and dating from the early Iron Age will be exhibited and preserved. Tenders will be sought for these projects in accordance with standard procedures.

The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, was recently the subject of a refurbishment project to create a new Museum of Modern Art. This work was put out to tender on the open market.

The former College of Science in Merrion Street was refurbished to provide accommodation for the Taoiseach and his Department. The opportunity of the relocation of the School of Engineering was used to provide much needed additional accommodation for the Oireachtas and the Department of the Taoiseach [488] and to rationalise the space held by the Department of Finance.

The relevant procedures are set out fully in An Outline of Government Contract Procedures, a copy of which I can make available to the Deputy.

Mr. O'Shea: Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  I note that the project where the Government gave funding to UCD to purchase Carysfort College was not referred to by the Minister of State as one of the projects which initiated from the Taoiseach's office. Is the Minister categorically assuring the House that the project whereby the Government gave funding to UCD to purchase Carysfort College was not initiated from the Taoiseach's office in the first instance?

Mr. V. Brady: Information on Vincent Brady  Zoom on Vincent Brady  That is a separate question.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The Deputy is raising a very special matter worthy of a separate question.

Mr. O'Shea: Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  I suggest that the question could be very easily answered with either a yes or no.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The question is whether it is in order now.

Mr. V. Brady: Information on Vincent Brady  Zoom on Vincent Brady  It is not relevant.

Mr. O'Shea: Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  I think it is.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I call Deputy Michael Noonan, (Limerick East).

Mr. O'Shea: Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  With respect, a Cheann Comhairle, my question related to projects which initiated from the Taoiseach's office. I asked if a particular project costing £8 million was funded by the State and whether it initiated from the Taoiseach's office. I suggest that that question is relevant to my original question and deserves to be answered here.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  It is certainly relevant if one differentiates between the general and the particular, but, as I said earlier, if the Deputy wanted information [489] concerning that matter it deserved a special question.

Mr. O'Shea: Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  With respect, I asked for information on all the projects which had initiated from the Taoiseach's office.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  It is a matter for the Minister of State now.

Mr. O'Shea: Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  Perhaps the Minister of State will answer the specific question.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  Is that an exhaustive list?

Mr. V. Brady: Information on Vincent Brady  Zoom on Vincent Brady  The Deputy asked for information on the number of capital projects, including purchasing and construction, undertaken at the Taoiseach's initiative in the past three years.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I call Deputy Michael Noonan Limerick East.

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  You guys have something to hide.

Mr. V. Brady: Information on Vincent Brady  Zoom on Vincent Brady  We do not.

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  It is beginning to look a little like that when the Minister cannot answer a simple question.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  There is no need to engender heat into the subject.

Mr. Noonan: Information on Michael Noonan  Zoom on Michael Noonan  (Limerick East): May I ask the Minister if there is any reference in his brief to the erection of a mooring at Inismhicealáin on the Blasket Islands, which I understand was put in place by the Irish Navy? Is that information included in his brief?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  That is another separate matter.

Mr. V. Brady: Information on Vincent Brady  Zoom on Vincent Brady  That question is even less relevant. We are going into the area of the fantastic.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  That relates to Question No. 11.

[490]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am calling Question No. 11.


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