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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

State Properties

Photo of Dan NevilleDan Neville (Limerick, Fine Gael)
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187. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a housing development (details supplied) in County Limerick that is currently vested to the Minister for Finance via the offices of the Office of Public Works and the procedure involved to release these lands to Limerick City and County Council. [45842/15]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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The Deputy may be aware that Section 28(2) of the State Property Act, 1954 provides for the personal property and land vested in or held in trust by a body corporate immediately prior to its dissolution (other than personal property or land held by such body upon trust for another person)to become the property of the State, until such time as the company is restored to the Register or the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform waives the interest vested in him. The Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland administer applications for waivers under the 1954 Act.

I understand from my officials that the company involved in the development of the housing estate at Cois na Féile was dissolved prior to the completion of the project. A previous application was received by the Commissioners from Clúid Housing, who own 12 units in the development, seeking a waiver of the common areas of the site to enable completion of the site works and related services. The waiver was granted to Clúid Housing in June 2015.

My officials inform me that Limerick City and County Council are engaging with them on the waiver process in relation to the remaining nine vacant properties, with a view to informing the most appropriate approach to be taken. The Chief State Solicitor's Office is being consulted on the matter.


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