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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - President's Establishment.

Tuesday, 25 January 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 220 No. 1

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Mr. T. Lynch: Information on Thaddeus Lynch Zoom on Thaddeus Lynch asked the Minister for Finance the cost of maintenance, reconstruction, decoration, heating, lighting and furnishing, together with the cost of all salaries, staffing and other expenses of, the President's Establishment in each year during the past [24] fifteen years, and the total for the fifteen years.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance (Mr. J. Gibbons): Information on James M. Gibbons Zoom on James M. Gibbons The information is in the form of a tabular statement which, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, will be circulated with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:—

YEAR Reconstruction etc., work Maintenance including decoration Furnishings Heating and Lighting President's Establishment Salaries, etc.
  £ £ £ £ £
1950-51 2,777 13,756 1,307 2,318 6,466
1951-52 1,633 9,535 1,043 3,556 6,262
1952-53 529 10,509 974 3,056 6,366
1953-54 1,825 13,742 1,537 3,021 6,514
1954-55 24,708 12,792 1,604 3,671 7,377
1955-56 21,222 11,769 1,200 3,322 7,666
1956-57 15,758 12,494 1,666 3,823 8,300
1957-58 5,100 12,382 1,262 3,710 8,163
1958-59 12 18,415 662 4,840 8,335
1959-60 250 18,127 1,145 5,546 12,018
1960-61 1,960 17,026 1,361 4,570 10,063
1961-62 877 16,033 3,745 3,964 10,939
1962-63 2,924 18,268 1,334 4,129 11,907
1963-64 3,074 21,703 1,155 4,364 12,529
1964-65 4,255 19,578 1,554 5,391 12,874
TOTALS 86,904 226,129 21,549 59,281 135,779

Total expenditure £529,642.

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Leinster House Extension.: 

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Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange asked the Minister for Finance when it is expected that the new extension to Leinster House will be ready for use; and if he will state (a) the estimated cost and (b) the expenditure to date.

Mr. J. Gibbons: Information on James M. Gibbons Zoom on James M. Gibbons The five office floors of the new block will, it is expected, be completed about April next. The kitchen and restaurants on the ground floor should be structurally complete about the same time but it will not be possible to have all the kitchen equipment installed for some weeks afterwards.

The new block forms part of the contract for the major scheme of alterations and additions at present in progress. The entire scheme, which is now estimated to cost approximately £650,000 also includes:—

(1) a new central heating station serving the State group of buildings in the Kildare Street-Merrion Street area,

(2) improvements to the Press block,

(3) a new electrical switch-room at Kildare Place,

(4) new car-parks on Leinster Lawn,

(5) alterations to the main entrance hall area,

(6) alterations to the existing restaurant and bars and to the rooms off the curved corridor,

(7) the new gallery over the Dáil staircase and a new link corridor around the Dáil Chamber at first floor level, and

(8) a new lift in the spiral staircase.

The whole scheme will, it is hoped, be finished by the end of 1966.

The total expenditure to date is about £440,000.


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