Thursday, 20 June 2019
Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions
Office of Public Works Properties
St. Brigid's Day Care Centre, which is situated next door to the old Garda station, does phenomenal work as a full-time day-care centre for elderly people. I was there just two weeks ago. That organisation would love to use part of that building but it is a voluntary organisation. Its staff does its very best to keep the doors open. Given the length of time the building has closed, repairing it would give to a significant cost for any voluntary organisation. The OPW has a duty to the community to maintain that building, especially in light of its history. Any voluntary organisation that proposes to take it over should be given as much help as much as possible by the OPW.
As already stated, there is history in this regard in Wexford town. The old hospital was allowed to go to wrack and ruin. We do not want to see the same thing happen to a second building in the town centre. It is already happening to that building. The OPW has a duty to at least maintain that building in the state it was in when it was closed. That was not a very good state, but it has now been allowed to dilapidate into a much more serious situation.