Tuesday, 9 November 2004
Dáil Eireann Debate
203. Mr. P. McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the properties secured to date in provincial locations for the decentralisation programme in relation to his Budget Statement in 2004 (details supplied); and the way in which the Budget Statement was implemented. [28210/04]
Minister of State at the Department of Finance (Mr. Parlon): To date, eight property solutions have been identified for decentralisation purposes and a further 20 locations are at an advanced stage in the acquisition process. The locations involved are Carlow, Longford, Newcastle West, Athlone, the Curragh, Sligo, Dundalk and Furbo. In regard to Carlow, Longford and Newcastle West, the Chief State Solicitor is processing contract documents in respect of sites and it is expected that the associated acquisition phase will be completed as quickly as possible.
State-owned land will accommodate the decentralised buildings scheduled for Athlone, the Curragh, and Sligo, while the proposed location of the Dundalk building will be on land at the Dundalk Institute of Technology. It is proposed to locate the staff relating to Furbo in an extension to an existing building. The overall cost of acquiring sites will be funded from the disposal of surplus properties in Dublin. So far this year some €85 million in proceeds have been secured from property sales.
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