Deputy Gerry Adams has raised the issue of the Ard Dealgan issue before the Dáil.
Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams TD was asked by Councillor Green to raise the issue at government level and in December 2013, the Sinn Féin president put in a series of Parliamentary Questions.
They asked to confirm who owns the Ard Dealgan complex; if the owner’s attention has been drawn to the serious problems the vacant complex is posing to neighbouring houses as a result of anti-social behaviour going on within the building; if the owner is aware that Dundalk Town Council spent €40,000 securing the building and are now seeking reimbursement; if there are any plans to demolish the building; the way he intends to address this problem; and if he will make a statement on this matter.
The reply from Minister Phil Hogan was “that the development in question has been identified as an unfinished housing development. I understand that my Department has not received any request for funding along the lines suggested.
“The administration and addressing of issues relating to unfinished housing developments are matters for the individual local authority involved, in the case Louth County Council.
“Matters of a planning nature should be addressed to the planning department of the Sinn Fein believes that this complex should be demolished and are exploring avenues to see how this may be accomplished.”
“It seems to be that everyone is washing their hands of this issue while the residents are left wondering what will happen next.”