Despite a statement by the Rockhill House Heritage Association welcoming the confirmation by the Minister of Justice Alan shatter, T.D., that an agreement has been reached to transfer Rockhill House to Donegal County Council, a Co. Councillor has claimed that negotiations are at a “sensitive” stage and no formal agreement has been reached with Donegal Co. Council.
Rockhill House, a former army barracks, ceased to be used by the Defence Forces in January 2009.
The building, which is listed in the Record of Protected Structures, has since lain vacant and was getting into a poor state of repair.
In a statement to this newspaper, The Rockhill House Association Chairman Adrian Gallagher said, “We are glad that movement has begun to clarify the situation regarding the future of Rockhill.”, The Association’s Chairman, Adrian Gallagher added: “Our members became involved in fighting for its preservation at a time when few, including those in the government agencies, had any interest in the property or could see any future for it.
“We created a vision of its potential, but not only that, we commissioned and paid for a detailed business plan to show why and how that potential could become a reality. It was this outline plan which guaranteed that Rockhill now has a viable future.”
However, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan told this newspaper, “Negotiations on this matter are at a very sensitive stage and it would not be in the best interests of Rockhill House to describe this as a fait accompli.
“No formal agreement has been reached with Donegal Co. Council as yet.
“The former Minister of Defence, Tony Killeen put a lot of work into this project following representations from local councillors and despite rumours to the contrary, actually halted the sale of this property at the time.
“Obviously I would welcome any progress on this matter and would be delighted to see it successfully concluded - I feel at this time that it would be unwise to issue any further comments which might hamper progress.”