Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
State Properties Data
167. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of State owned properties that are unoccupied; the cost associated with the maintenance and security of same; the number of properties rented by the State from private landlords; the cost of same by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50081/18]
There are currently 96 State owned properties which are unoccupied. Of these properties, 50 are Garda Stations that were closed under the 2012/2013 Policing Plans of An Garda Siochana. Of the remaining 46 properties, 23 are in the process of being transferred to local authorities or other State bodies, 7 are being prepared for disposal, 1 is under consideration for community use and 15 are being examined for alternative State use or are being retained for strategic purposes. The maintenance and security costs of these properties to-date in 2018 is €581,045.
There are currently 395 properties rented by the Commissioners of Public Works from private Landlords, of which 2 are currently unoccupied. The annual rental cost of same by county is shown in the following table. The Commissioners do not have details of leases that may be taken directly by other Government Departments/State bodies.
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168. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated number of State owned properties eligible for the vacant site levy; the estimated liability to be paid in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50082/18]
I have been advised by my officials that the Office of Public Works has been notified that Kilkenny County Council has placed the former Garda station at Barrack Street, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny on their vacant sites register. A levy of €4,500 is payable in 2019 on this property.
The property is currently under consideration for transfer to Kilkenny County Council.
This is the only property currently notified to the Commissioners as liable for the vacant site levy.