Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister of State at the Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform if he will estimate the revenue that will be generated from the sale of Garda stations being closed this year.
Written reply received from Deputy Brian Hayes: The Office of Public Works is responsible for managing the sale of surplus properties in state ownership, including Garda stations. The OPW is currently assessing the property options arising in respect of Garda stations, which are no longer required by An Garda Síochána.
This assessment will include other potential State uses for the properties. If and when properties are considered surplus to requirements, the OPW will consider options including other State uses, disposal on the open market and consideration of any viable local proposals. Approximately 70% of these stations have ‘married quarters’ many of which are occupied by serving members of An Garda Síochána. In addition, a number of the stations have masts being used by mobile phone operators. These matters need to be regularised before disposal.
A total of 139 Garda stations have been identified for closure and this office will continue its engagement with An Garda Síochána on the effective transfer of the properties.
A valuation exercise has commenced on this stock of Garda stations and a number of surplus properties will be placed on the market in 2013.
Dealing with property of any nature is complex but the OPW is confident that it will have several properties on the market in 2013 and as the value of each property can only be ascertained when it is placed on the market, I am not in a position, at this time, to identify the likely revenue from the disposals in 2013.