Written answers

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Diplomatic Representation

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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300. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Parliamentary Question No. 304 of 8 December 2020, if he will provide a schedule of costs incurred on consultancy, construction and decoration of the embassies that have been refurbished to date in 2020 (details supplied); and if he will include the budgets for same in respect of embassies that are scheduled to be refurbished in 2021. [43360/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following tables.

Buildings refurbished in 2020

Mission Premises Total Cost Consultancy costs Professional fees Construction and related costs
Athens Chancery
Brussels Irish Liaison Office to Partnership for Peace
The amount shown was Ireland's pro-rata contribution towards the cost of a €15.7m building renovation project and was shared equally with the Department of Defence.
London Chancery
Paris Chancery
New York Consulate-General

Renovations currently planned for 2021

Mission Premises Nature of proposed works Estimated cost
Bratislava Chancery Refurbishment of office accommodation; installation of universal access bathroom facilities.
The Hague Chancery Security upgrade; new elevator to facilitate universal access; installation of solar panels.
London Chancery Fire safety and physical security upgrades; renovation of basement offices.
Washington Chancery Repairs to air-conditioning; roof repairs; repainting; fire safety up-grade.


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