Thursday, 17 December 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
146. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Transport the reason Mayo County Council is refusing to allow a caretaker’s agreement regarding a venture (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47845/09]
Minister for Transport (Deputy Noel Dempsey): During a meeting between the Irish Coast Guard, the Chief State Solicitor’s Office, Mayo County Council and their solicitors on the 11th June 2008, the Coast Guard was advised that such an Agreement was unacceptable at that time. The CSSO Office have advised that the present proposals are unsatisfactory for the Department, and that the Irish Coast Guard would be in a weak position if there was a disagreement in the future which could expose the Department to additional costs.
The Irish Coast Guard has recently reminded Mayo County Council that it is still willing to proceed along the lines of a Caretakers Agreement to allow the volunteers enter the building whilst legal difficulties are corrected and that the Coast Guard would be willing to further pay a reasonable percentage of the remaining monies due on foot of such access. The Director of the Coast Guard and the Director of Services for Mayo County Council are currently dealing directly on the matter and will be meeting today 17th of December at the Council offices in the latest effort to move the issue forward.
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