Numbers 44/45 O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Ninety-eight properties managed by the Office of Public Works are sitting vacant around the country, reveals Ken Foxe, at Noteworthy:
These include several important historic properties – including two adjoining period houses on O’Connell Street in Dublin – that are being allowed to fall into disrepair.
Nearly two-thirds of the vacant properties are former garda stations, most of which were deemed surplus to requirements by the gardaí late last year.
A single rented property is also vacant, but the government is set to escape from its €112,500-a-year lease for that building on Dublin’s Clare Street in January 2020.
…Seven former coastguard cottages in Crosshaven are also empty and are currently “being prepared for disposal” , the Office of Public Works said.
…According to official records, four of the properties have not been used since “pre-1983″.
Nearly 100 State buildings managed by Office of Public Works lying idle around the country (Ken Foxe, Noteworthy)
See here for full list of vacant properties and for length of time they’ve been vacant
From top: Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone and Sister Marie Ryan of the Bon Secours; A copy of correspondence between the order and the Department of Children
Via Ken Foxe at Noteworthy.ie:
A copy of correspondence between the order and the Department of Children – obtained by Noteworthy under FOI – confirmed that the Bon Secours Sisters wanted to make a €2.5 million “donation” for the works that needed to be carried out at Tuam.
However, it was explicit that this was voluntary, with country leader Sister Marie Ryan writing: “Our advice is that we do not have any legal liability arising from St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home and we note that at our meeting you [Minister Zappone] agreed and acknowledged same.”
They said their donation would help to “expedite” the investigations the government wanted to do at Tuam.
Sister Ryan wrote: “This payment will be the sole contribution made by the Sisters of Bon Secours Ireland to the government in relation to the site.”
Separately, an account of a meeting between the Bon Secours Sisters and Zappone describes how the order had been “genuinely shocked” by the discovery of remains of the children buried at the site.
“[They] never expected such a finding,” the notes said.
Bon Secours Says It has no ‘legal liability’ to provide funding before mother and baby home commission ends (Noteworthy)
Previously: ‘Created And Operated By The State’
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