Tuesday 6 December 2016

Court won't fast-track Garda leases case

Tim Healy

Published 26/07/2016 | 02:30

OPW leases four blocks at Harcourt Square for the force
OPW leases four blocks at Harcourt Square for the force

GARDAI may have to move out of their central Dublin headquarters building if agreement cannot be reached over lease arrangements with a private company which bought the property, the Commercial Court heard.

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The Office of Public Works (OPW) has leased four office blocks at the Harcourt Square site since the 1980s, providing office space for the force.

It houses Garda Command and Control, one of the force's most important operational centres, and is central to the State's security and policing operations at national and regional level, according to the OPW. It also houses the CAB and the Emergency Response Unit, among other units.

Since 1984 the lease has covered all four blocks occupying a 1.9-acre site, around a third of which is occupied by the office blocks while the remainder includes access roads, car parking, security and services accommodation.

It was bought in March 2015 by Hibernia Reit which wants to redevelop the site. Hibernia Reit was refused permission yesterday to have a dispute over lease terms and access to common areas at the property admitted to the fast track Commercial Court.

Mr Justice McGovern said he was satisfied there had been enough delay in bringing the case to merit him not exercising his discretion to enter the case into the commercial list, which means it will now go through the normal High Court list.

Irish Independent

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