O KEEFFE RAISES KILWORTH PRISON WITH MINISTER
Cork East Fianna Fail TD Ned Oâ€™Keeffe has raised the proposed prison development with Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan and has received the following reply: â€œI am pleased to hear that the project has received a generally favourable response from the communities in the area. I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that a site suitability report has been carried out in relation to the proposed development. While the survey results are still under consideration they indicate that there are no significant constraints to the development of this site.â€
The minister went on to state that the Prisons Authority Interim Board had recently approved the preliminary business case for the project and the Irish Prison Service has now commenced preparation of the detailed business case in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines.
â€œThe business case is likely to take a couple of months to prepare and, allowing for its consideration by various parties, I expect that it will be towards the end of the year before the Irish Prison Service is in a position to commence the process of shortlisting companies who may be interested in tendering for the project.â€
Mr Oâ€™Keeffe, while welcoming the update from the minister, said he was not altogether happy with its contents.
"Despite what the minister has said, the community has raised many issues with me and I would first like to see these issues resolved," he said.
Friday 14th March 9:51am