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Tuesday 20 March 2018

The properties and why they are to be sold

Planned asylum seekers' centre in Myshall, Co Carlow

It was originally purchased by the Office of Public Works (OPW) for emergency housing of asylum seekers in 2000 for €1.3m. But it was never used for this purpose after local protests. It was sold to the former South Eastern Health Board by OPW for €1 and is now owned by the HSE.

  • St Johnston Primary Care Centre in Donegal

This centre was vacated as a result of a move to a new primary care centre in 2000 and is described by the HSE as "unfit for occupation". It is going to be put up for sale.

  • Clonmany Health Centre in Donegal

This was vacated in 2001 after a move to a new primary care centre. It is described as "not fit for occupation" and may be demolished.

  • Our Lady's Hospital in Cork

The original hospital closed in 1991 and was sold with some surrounding land. Parts of it are owned by the HSE, including two listed buildings, St Kevin's Unit and St Dympna's. The HSE hopes to sell the sites to Cork City Council.

  • Beneavin House, Dublin

This residential care house is up for sale because the children who were living in it have gone to different childcare premises. The HSE has 11 vacant properties in Dublin.

  • Glenmore Health Centre, Kilkenny

This property will be sold. Councillors have expressed concern at the building being in a state of disrepair.

  • Community Welfare Offices, Dungarvan, Waterford

These offices on Mary Street are due to be sold.

  • Houses in Westmeath

The HSE has five empty houses in Mullingar which are due to be used to accommodate people with intellectual disabilities. Some of these people have been waiting nine years to be moved to the better quality accommodation, which was renovated at a cost of €500,000-plus. It is being held up due to a lack of staff, and the recruitment moratorium is exacerbating this.

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