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Prison land deal stinks to high heaven - O Snodaigh

16 February, 2005

Sinn Féin TD, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD speaking in the Dáil today said he believed that the deal struck to obtain the site for the Justice Minister's new super prison in north Dublin "stinks to high heaven". Deputy Ó Snodaigh called for an immediate investigation into the matter saying he was "not convinced that proper procedures were followed".

Deputy Ó Snodaigh raised the issue during priority Questions with the Minister for Justice Michael McDowell. He said, „Minutes from the Mountjoy Complex Replacement Site Committee meeting of the 18th January 2005 raise many questions.

"In them it is reported that the purchase of the Thornton site was both recommended and the sale agreed at that meeting, which would appear to be in breach of the standard procedures in terms of dealing with expressions of interest or Tenders for such large projects.

"We need to know why the Thornton site was even considered when the deadline for expressions of interests expired six months previous.

"The fact that there was still another interested party selling a site, which is also acknowledged in the minutes, as having a similar profile in terms of meeting the necessary requirements of suitability also raises interesting questions."ENDS

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