Dáil Éireann - Volume 592 - 09 November, 2004
Written Answers. - Departmental Properties.
Ms McManus Ms McManus
146. Ms McManus asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if she or the health boards have proposals to sell lands, properties or facilities between now and the coming into force of the new Health Service Executive; the nature of each proposal and its location; if such sales have taken place to date in 2004; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27779/04]
Ms Harney Ms Harney
Ms Harney: Following requests from my Department earlier this year, health boards have provided some information regarding plans or proposals to dispose of lands and properties between now and the coming into force of the new Health Service Executive. These proposals largely relate to a number of small holdings of lands and property which are deemed to be surplus to requirements and would, therefore, be appropriate for disposal. In this context, I have asked my Department to provide the Deputy  with the details of the more significant proposals being considered.
Following the enactment of the Health (Amendment) Act 2004, my consent is now required before health boards can sell or otherwise dispose of lands. I can confirm that since these proposals have not yet materialised in the form of actual transactions to dispose of the lands in question, I have not to date provided my consent to such proposals.
I am concerned that the proceeds from the sale of any particular land or properties in the health area will be applied and used for health purposes, with the exception of contributions of lands to the social and affordable housing initiatives. I am also concerned that we now establish the extent of the total surplus land and properties available in the health service. In that context, it will be necessary to carry out a professional assessment/evaluation of the entire health estate in the near future.
Dáil Éireann 592 Written Answers. Departmental Properties.