Written answers

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Departmental Properties

Photo of Cian O'CallaghanCian O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats)
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371. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of vacant habitable dwelling units and vacant derelict residential dwelling units in the ownership of or part ownership of or under the control of both his Department and agencies under his remit; the county in which each unit is located; the length of time each unit has been vacant, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12161/23]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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I advise the Deputy that my Department has three vacant dwelling units in its ownership/under its control.

Vacant since
Vacant residential dwelling unit Donegal 2008
Vacant residential dwelling unit Galway 2005
Vacant residential dwelling unit Kildare 2017

The two vacant residential dwelling units in the ownership of my Department – in Co Donegal and Co Galway - have been unoccupied since 2008 and 2005, respectively. Neither of these properties are immediately habitable, nor are they derelict. Sanction has been received to proceed with the sale of the unit in Co Galway, and that process will commence shortly. It is my intention, subject to the appropriate sanction and legal oversight, to dispose of the unit in Donegal in due course.

The vacant residential dwelling unit in Co Kildare lies within my Department’s Veterinary Research Farm, has been unoccupied since 2017. It is not immediately habitable and is scheduled for refurbishment.

As regards the 12 State Bodies under the aegis of my Department, the information requested is an operational matter for the State Bodies themselves. I have referred the Deputy’s question to the Agencies and have requested that a response should issue within 10 days.


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