Written answers

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Prison Building Programme

8:00 am

Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Roscommon-South Leitrim, Fine Gael)
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Question 321: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, further to Parliamentary Question No. 247 of 13 October 2009, the cost of planting in 2009; the corresponding maintenance costs; the consideration given to undertaking further additional planting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25320/10]

Photo of Dermot AhernDermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Louth, Fianna Fail)
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No additional planting was undertaken at the Thornton Hall Site during 2009.

During 2009, approximately €9,600 was spent on landscape maintenance, including weed removal and control; removal of all tree stakes and tree ties; fixing and securing of protective fencing etc at the Thornton Hall site. Consideration was given to the planting of further trees and shrubs as referred to in my answer to the Deputy's Parliamentary Question No. 247 of Tuesday, 13 October 2009. However, this had to be deferred due to weather conditions.

The Deputy will be aware that when granting development consent for the Thornton Hall prison project, the Oireachtas decided to increase the planted zone at certain points along the perimeter of the site in order to mitigate the visual and aural impact of the development. This additional planting will be undertaken at the appropriate time.

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