Tuesday, 1 March 2022
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Office of Public Works
102. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent of the OPW’s engagement to date with other State Agencies regarding advancing the tender for the new Garda Station for Macroom, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11396/22]
I would refer the Deputy to the Department of Justice for current information on the status of this project, which, it is understood, is to be procured under a Public Private Partnership arrangement (PPP). OPW prepared a design for the project, which was the subject of a Part IX Planning consultation in 2020/2021.
103. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the funding being allocated by the Office of Public Works for its projects at Carlow Castle and Carlow courthouse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11269/22]
In relation to works at Carlow Castle, OPW have just completed the structural remediation works to the south eastern tower following storm damage and the site has been open once again to the public since October 2021. Additionally, some localised fencing has been placed on site to keep visitors back from the face of certain walls within the castle complex.
These areas require further structural investigations and assessments and provision has been made in this years budget to allow for these surveys to be completed before a works programme can be put in place for possible further remediation works.
With regard to works to the railings at Carlow Courthouse, the contract value for this project is €419,181 excluding VAT and works are currently underway on site.