Wednesday, 31 May 2000
Dáil Eireann Debate
170. Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will outline the need to build a bridge from Ringaskiddy to Spike Island, having regard to his recent announcement; the projected cost of same; the projected lease back costs to the State each year; the present cost being incurred by the State in order to service Spike Island by sea; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15583/00]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue): I have recently obtained Government approval to examine the feasibility of constructing a bridge from the mainland side of Haulbowline Bridge to Spike Island.
Indicative costings for the proposed bridge are in the order to £8 million to £10 million. At present, a ferry and barge service is provided by a private company at an annual cost of £400,000 approximately. The provision of the bridge would also achieve savings in relation to staff costs, £80,000 per annum approximately at present, and the costs, 33.3% premium approximately, for all prison construction, refurbishment and maintenance works on the island and supplies and deliveries to the island. Prison service officials estimate the savings involved to be of the order of £750,000 per annum excluding payments for the new bridge.
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