DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE CONFIRM FERMOY SHOWGROUNDS PLAN
Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea has confirmed that his department is to hand over ownership of the Fermoy Showgrounds area to local stakeholders.
Minister O’Dea confirmed the proposed disposal of the land in response to queries from local Labour TD Sean Sherlock.
“The property in question is surplus to military requirements and consideration is being given to its disposal. In this connection, Department officials met with the stakeholders in December 2008 to ascertain if they would have an interest in acquiring the portion of the property that they currently occupy.
"The matter remains under consideration in my department with a view to making a formal offer to each of the parties based on valuations, which will be obtained in the coming weeks,” Minister O’Dea said.
At present the Office of Public Works acts as property manager to the site, leasing sections of the showgrounds to local community groups and clubs. The situation has caused some confusion with some shareholders as to who has rights to the sites at different times and Fermoy Town Council clerk Ray Owens recently told members of the local authority that the legal aspects of the rights to the site may take up to a year to resolve.
Thursday 5th February 5:26pm