Thursday, 19 November 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
343. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number and location of each building or property owned by the marine section of his Department nationwide; the income in rent received for each of the buildings or properties in each of the years, 2000 to 2019 and to date in 2020; and the amount invested in each building and property in the same period in tabular form. [37422/20]
My Department owns, operates and maintains six designated State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres (FHCs), located at Castletownbere, Dingle, Dunmore East, Howth, Killybegs and Ros An Mhíl under statute. My Department became responsible for the Fishery Harbour Centres in October 2007. Please note that Dingle was designated as a Fishery Harbour Centre in May 2007.
The FHCs contain a diverse property portfolio reflecting their role as working fishery harbours and as the location for a broad range of other marine activities. The total number of properties (excluding infrastructure) across the six FHCs was 249 as at 3 February 2020. These properties are profiled in summary by FHC location in Table 1 which is attached.
My Department prepares annual Fishery Harbour Centre Accounts on an Income & Expenditure and Receipts & Payments basis which are laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas. Table 2 attached gives the overall rental receipts for each of the FHCs for the years 2000 to 2005 and 2008 to 2019 from the FHC Accounts as requested. For the years 2006 and 2007, separate figures for rental receipts were not published in the Accounts and therefore the rental income figure has been provided. In relation to 2020, the table shows the rental monies received as at 31 October 2020.
Due to the commercially sensitive and/or personal nature of the information, it is not possible to provide rental receipt data on an individual customer basis.
Investment in third party leased FHC properties is made as required by the respective tenants occupying those properties. As set out in the covenants of each lease, it is the responsibility of tenants to maintain, amend and keep property and buildings in a good state of repair and condition, and to keep the leasehold area free from defects for the duration of the lease agreement. In the main, Departmental expenditure across the other properties is provided from my Department’s FHC Safety and Maintenance budget on an ongoing basis and is not readily available in the detail requested.
Table 1: Number of Properties in the Six State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres
|Description||Number of Properties in the Six State-Owned Fishery Harbour Centres|
|Castletownbere FHC||Dingle FHC||Dunmore East FHC||Howth FHC||Killybegs FHC||Ros an Mhíl FHC||Total|
|Potentially available for tender/disposal||1||1||2||1||1||6|
|Vacant Properties||Unavailable / unsuitable for tender||2||4||3||2||11|
|Sale in Progress*||4||4|
*These relate to boundary rectification issues involving small plots of ground which historically formed part of the gardens of privately owned houses outside of the FHC and which are of no operational value to the FHC.
Table 2: Rental Receipts / Income for Properties in the 6 Fishery Harbour Centres 2000 to 2020 (inclusive) as per audited Fishery Harbour Centre Financial Statements
|Year||Killybegs||Castletown'bere||Ros an Mhíl||Howth||Dunmore East||An Daingean||Total Rental Receipts|
|2007 *||326,928||107,290||124,763||259,286||59,103||13,800 **||891,170|
|2020 (up to 31st October 2020) ****||131,470||188,259||13,718||393,794||48,908||26,136||802,285|
* Income figure provided as the Receipts and Payments account had a composite figure for Harbour Dues & Rents
** Accounts for Part year as An Daingean was designated a Fishery Harbour Centre on 14th May 2007
*** Unaudited accounts
**** Extract from accounting system (unaudited)