Cowen’s €12m lift-off!

Paul Healy  Taoiseach-designate Brian Cowen has delivered a timely €12m boost for County Roscommon by sanctioning funding for the construction of new decentralised Government offices at Golf Links Road, Roscommon.   While the funding has been expected, confirmation of the €12m allocation will be greeted with some relief and first to extend a welcome yesterday (Wednesday) was local Fianna Fail TD Michael Finneran, who also confirmed that the appointed contractor for the design and build of the new decentralised office is JSL Group Limited, Salthill, Galway.    The new building will be constructed on a 4.1-acre site at Golf Links Road, Roscommon Town.    Deputy Finneran told the Roscommon people: ‘The site has already been purchased by the Office of Public Works at a cost of €3 million. The new Government office block will be a three-storey building and will be approximately 55,000 square feet in size. ‘This new decentralised office in Roscommon Town, when completed, will accommodate 230 civil servants from the Property Registration Authority (formerly known as the Land Registry). ‘This announcement follows on from my press release of March 12th 2008, where I promised the people of Roscommon that I would meet with Minister Cowen TD after Easter to seek this sanction. I was always a strong advocate of decentralisation for Roscommon and I have worked tirelessly to bring this project to fruition as the economic advantages to Roscommon Town and county with the arrival of 230 civil servants will be clearly evident in time to come. ‘It is expected that the contractor will apply to Roscommon County Council for planning permission shortly and following that construction will commence later this year. This is excellent news for Roscommon and further evidence that this Fianna Fáil-led Government is continuing to make significant progress with the decentralisation policy.’ Concluding, Deputy Finneran thanked Minister Cowen for responding to his representations in such a positive manner.