Written answers

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Prison Building Programme

9:00 pm

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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Question 513: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if it is his intention to proceed with a new prison on Army lands at Kilworth, County Cork; if so the estimated cost of this development; the local consultation that will take place regarding this proposed development; the detailed plans that are available in respect of this development; when it is envisaged that construction will begin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18815/07]

Photo of Brian Lenihan JnrBrian Lenihan Jnr (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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The Department of Defence has consented to the assignment of land at Kilworth, County Cork to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform for the purposes of developing new prison facilities to replace Cork Prison. Technical advisers have been appointed to carry out a range of preliminary studies, e.g. topographical survey, geology, ecology etc. These studies are currently underway and are expected to be completed shortly. Accordingly, the cost, plans and date of construction for the new prison are not yet available. There will, of course, be a process of consultation with the local community as soon as outline plans for the new development are drawn up.

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