Armagh Jail

Part of Northern Ireland Assembly – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 16th April 2012.

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Photo of Alex Attwood Alex Attwood Social Democratic and Labour Party 2:45 pm, 16th April 2012

I thank the Member for his question. I confirm that, beyond the role of other Departments in respect of Armagh jail, there have been ongoing discussions between the DOE and the council. There have been ongoing pre-application discussions (PAD) with the council in respect of any application for the development of the jail as a hotel with heritage potential, as well as the possibility of newbuild retail and residential apartments as part of the overall plan. I say this cautiously, but it is anticipated that, in the next number of months, an application in that regard will be received by the local planning office.