Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Public Accounts Committee

2012 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Chapter 6 - Land Swap Arrangement in the Provision of Affordable Houses
Vote 13 - Office of Public Works

11:50 am

Ms Clare McGrath:

I can state, regarding the Mount Congreve estate, that the Mount Congreve Foundation has expressed its intent to remain in situin Waterford and to open to the public the gardens and the estate. As for the involvement of the Office of Public Works, OPW, in this regard, members are aware the Mount Congreve Garden Trust owns the gardens and the house. The State, through the OPW, is one of the trustees. The employees who are working in the gardens are employees of the Mount Congreve Foundation, which has expressed to us its intention to remain in situand to run the gardens. If the Deputy wishes, I can provide him with an update directly or when we take the Vote, I can give him more information.