Dáil Éireann - Volume 599 - 09 March, 2005

Written Answers. - Departmental Agencies.

  100. Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Science if the Grangegorman Development Authority will begin its work this year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7895/05]

  Ms Hanafin:The Select Committee on Education and Science concluded Committee Stage of the Grangegorman Development Agency Bill on 16 December 2004. The purpose of this Bill is to establish an agency whose function, in the first instance, is to prepare a strategic planning scheme for the Grangegorman site. The plan must provide for the needs of the Dublin Institute of Technology, the Eastern Regional Health Authority, the Ministers for Education and Science and Health and Children.

The Bill provides for wide ranging consultation with all parties that may have an involvement in the site. This ranges from those who are directly concerned — local residents, DIT, ERHA and the Dublin City Council — to those parties whose future involvement may have a bearing on the site reaching its full potential, such as the IDA and Dublin Bus. The Department of Transport will also have a major input because of the public transport requirements of the developed site.

On Committee Stage I undertook to consider a number of amendments for Report Stage and this work is currently being finalised in my Department. However, as I have already indicated in replies to Deputies, it is my intention, once the necessary legislative framework is in place, to establish the agency as soon as possible thereafter so it can then commence carrying out the functions given to it in the legislation.