Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 11 October 2018
Public Accounts Committee
2017 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 13 - Office of Public Works
Chapter 6: Lease of Offices at Miesian Plaza
Mr. John Sydenham:
We have and we do. As I say, it is unfortunate that we are before the committee on a number of issues but, as an organisation, we do have these conversations. We had intensive negotiations with various entities. We actually engaged in a partnership with the owners of Apollo House. We used the same design team and went through the same planning process in order to defray costs. The designs of both buildings were in sync with each other so we got way above what we would have gotten if we had gone ahead on our own. We have had conversations with other developers who would be interested in doing an equity swap or developing an asset for us elsewhere, although not for a Garda facility which is highly specialised building. Once we tease through those possibilities, I do not think they are viable options. Apropos of the Deputy's previous conversation, Government Departments insist on being in the centre of the city - whether it is right, wrong or indifferent of them to do so - given their interaction with Government. That is essential.