Thursday, 11 December 2008
Dáil Eireann Debate
65. Deputy Jimmy Deenihan asked the Minister for Finance when the contracts for the building of the new Department of Defence headquarters were signed; the cost commitments entered into with the contract; if the signing of the contract was reconsidered in view of the budgetary problems being experienced; if the costs allocated to the building and equipping of the building are being reviewed in view of the declining budgetary situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42924/08]
Minister of State at the Department of Finance (Deputy Martin Mansergh): On 21 May 2008, following a competitive tendering process, the Office of Public Works awarded a Fixed Price Contract to P. Elliott & Co. Ltd. in the sum of €24,894,842, including VAT, to construct a new Headquarters for the Department of Defence at Station Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Work on site is well underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.
The provision of equipment such as IT, telephones, etc., will be a matter for the Department of Defence when the building is ready for occupation. A separate contract is in place for supply of furniture.
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