Dáil Éireann - Volume 632 - 22 February, 2007

Written Answers. - Prison Redevelopment.

Mr. Gormley asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will make a statement on the future of Shanganagh Prison and lands in the council of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown; the details of the prospective purchaser; the amount paid to the lands; if this sum has been paid; if the lands were offered for sale to the County Council; if so, when; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6863/07]

  Mr. McDowell: Approximately 21 acres of land was sold to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in 2005. Prison Service Officials were at the time informed by the Council that it had no interest in the remaining 6.3 acres including the buildings, which were subsequently sold by public tender competition in October, 2006 to Castlethorn Construction for €20.6m. Following the disposal of the 6.3 acres the Prison Service no longer has any interest in the lands at Shanganagh Castle.

The proceeds from the sale of the lands at Shanganagh Castle covers the cost of acquiring the 150 acre site in North County Dublin to facilitate the new prison development at Thornton Hall which will replace the Mountjoy Prison Complex.