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Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (11 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: I will respond Directly to the Deputy in this regard.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Relief Schemes (11 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: Following the severe flooding in north Louth last November, flood event drone footage was captured and surveying of the affected areas arranged. The Office of Public Works (OPW) met with Louth County Council engineers on 9th October 2023 to review the work completed to date on the Carlingford/Greenore Flood Relief Scheme and to plan for the scheme going forward. This included scoping...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Capital Expenditure Programme (11 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: Since the welcome announcement of €10m of funding from Shared Island for the enhancement of the visitor attraction at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre and Oldbridge Estate, the OPW has been working to progress this landmark project. The deputy may find my responses to PQ 1758/24 and PQ 15330/24 useful, as these outlines in some detail the vision for Oldbridge Estate. The...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: State Properties (11 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: The Office of Public Works administers property held by the Minister for Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery and Reform (the Minister) including property that devolves to the State under Part III of the State Property Act 1954 (the Act). Real property (land / buildings) under Part III of the State Property Act 1954 is usually property of a dissolved company. Part III of the Act grants limited...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (11 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: I will respond Directly to the Deputy in this regard.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (10 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: The mandate of the Office of Public Works is manage the State property portfolio under its remit, flood risk management and maintenance, presentation and providing access to the State's portfolio of historic properties and national monuments. This mandate includes maintenance and presentation of Ireland's most iconic properties including Ireland's two World Heritage sites, 800 National...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Risk Management (10 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: The Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme - Ireland’s largest study of flood risk, was completed by the Office of Public Works in 2018. This studied the flood risk for two-thirds of the population against their risk of flooding from rivers and the sea. An output of the CFRAM Programme, the Government’s Flood Risk Management Plans provide the evidence...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: An Garda Síochána (9 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: The Office of Public Works (OPW) can confirm that An Garda Síochána (AGS) has approved a proposal for the rationalisation of the internal layout of Greystones Garda Station. These works include the creation of suitable female staff welfare facilities, improved safety measures for staff and a general reconfiguration of spaces to maximise the footprint for staff along with improved...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Relief Schemes (9 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: The Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management or CFRAM Programme, the largest study of flood risk in the state, was completed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) in 2018. The output from this study was the Flood Risk Management Plans that are providing the evidence for a proactive approach for designing and constructing flood relief schemes for the most at-risk communities. Fifteen...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Risk Management (9 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: The Office of Public Works in partnership with Cork County Council, is proactively progressing a preferred option for a viable flood relief scheme for Baile Mhuirne & Baile Mhic Íre that will protect 90 properties from significant risk of flooding. Cork County Council, the lead authority, is currently engaging with the OPW to define the scope of work for a consultancy brief. The...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Courts Service (9 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: The Courts Service has overall responsibility for Courthouses with the Office of Public Works (OPW) providing professional services as required. In this regard the Courthouse in Kanturk is owned by the Courts Service and they have responsibility for its maintenance. The Office of Public Works (OPW) inspects the Courthouse site in Kanturk regularly, and carries out external maintenance...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (9 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: The table below shows a list of properties in County Donegal that are in the ownership of the Commissioners of Public Works (OPW). The OPW owned County Donegal property portfolio comprises a mix of Garda stations, Coastguard stations and Government offices occupied by various Government departments and agencies. Given the length of the list I do not propose to read it here today but I am...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Court Accommodation (9 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: Due to Covid-19, along with other unforeseen delays during the procurement and construction stages, the pilot phase for this project, focusing on 10 sections of the railings surrounding the Courthouse, was successfully completed in early March 2023. The defects liability period came to a close on the 6th March 2024. This pilot scheme has set out the way forward to complete the rest of the...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Court Accommodation (9 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: The Courts Service has overall responsibility for Courthouses with the Office of Public Works (OPW) providing professional services as required. The Courts Service has approved works in relation to the conservation, fabric restoration and repairs to flat roofs at Donegal Town Courthouse. The OPW is progressing this project and works are expected to commence later this year. The Courts...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Risk Management (9 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: Following the severe flooding in north Louth last November, flood event drone footage was captured and surveying of the affected areas arranged. The Office of Public Works (OPW) met with Louth County Council engineers on 9th October 2023 to review the work completed to date on the Carlingford/Greenore Flood Relief Scheme and to plan for the scheme going forward. This included scoping...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (9 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: OPW manages a large portfolio of heritage sites comprising of 32 National Historic Properties, some 780 national monuments and 5,000 acres of designed landscapes gardens and parklands. The table below sets out properties acquired by the Office of Public Works in the past 10 years – from May 2014 to May 2024. The purchase cost figure where provided refers to the amount paid by the...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Heritage Projects (9 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: Scully’s Cross and Mausoleum is a an artistically significant important piece of 19th century carving within the setting of the Rock of Cashel, National Monument Number 128, and is considered to be a grave of importance within the site. The importance of the Cross and quality of the carving is appreciated by the Office of Public Works. However, as the responsibility for the upkeep...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Relief Schemes (9 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: The Office of Public Works, as the lead agency for flood risk management, is coordinating the delivery of measures towards meeting the Government’s National Flood Risk Policy. Since 2018, a phased approach to scheme delivery, in partnership with local authorities, has allowed the OPW to treble the number of schemes at design, planning or construction at this time to some 100...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (9 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: The Office of Public Works (OPW) is responsible for caring, maintaining and operating the country’s most important heritage sites. The mission of OPW Heritage Services is to conserve and protect the nation’s built heritage in our care whilst providing public access, interpretation and encouraging the public to visit and engage with our Nation's heritage. The OPW strive to...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: An Garda Síochána (9 Jul 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: The project for a new Garda Station at Bailieborough, Co. Cavan includes conservation of the existing former National Irish Bank building and the construction of a new three storey over basement building to the rear on a site located on the town’s main street. A significant portion of the works have been completed to date. The purchase of a neighbouring property by the Office of...

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