Written answers

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Prison Building Programme

2:30 pm

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Question 231: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding the development of a new prison at Kilworth, County Cork; and if there are any plans to bring to tender the design stage of the project. [21389/10]

Photo of Dermot AhernDermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Louth, Fianna Fail)
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The Irish Prison Service is committed to the replacement of Cork Prison with a modern prison complex at Kilworth, County Cork on a site previously owned by the Department of Defence. While the project has not advanced to detailed design stage, it is anticipated that the capacity of the new prison will be in the region of 450.

A preliminary site suitability report was conducted which included reviewing its archaeology, flora and fauna, road/infrastructure, topography etc. These preliminary surveys confirmed that there are no significant constraints to the development of the site. The next step in the appraisal process is the preparation of a detailed business case in relation to the project. The business case will examine the various procurement options including a public private partnership option. The advice of the National Development Finance Agency will also be sought in relation to the project. It is intended to commence preliminary planning and design work on the project this year and to deliver the project on a phased basis. All aspects of the project, including the design phase and construction will be procured by means of a public tender process.

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