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In January, the Medical Independent (MI) reported that the lease on the NCRI Cork-based headquarters comes to an end this month. The NCRI is based in Building 6800, Cork Airport Business Park, Kinsale Road in Cork.
At the February meeting of the NCRI board, the future of the lease was raised.
“The board was informed that the lease on the Registry’s office would expire in November,” read the minutes of the meeting seen by MI.
“A table of alternative premises that are available was presented to the board. The board recommended that the services of a professional negotiator be engaged in order to negotiate with the current property owner and other potential property owners to secure the best deal for the Registry.
“They also agreed that in order to justify an investment in a reorganisation of the existing office or a fit-out of a new office, a 10-year lease might be more appropriate.”
Last week, a spokesperson for the NCRI told MI that “nothing has been finalised in relation to the lease but it expires at the end of November, so it is likely to be finalised over the next few weeks”.
“It is unlikely that NCRI will move outside of Cork to elsewhere in the country. We lease the premises from the Irish Infinity Fund.”
Separately, the NCRI spokesperson told MI that a planned full staffing review at the NCRI “has not yet taken place”.
“Negotiations with the Department of Health are ongoing in relation to this,” the NCRI spokesperson said.
“We were hoping it would be completed by the end of 2017 but this now looks unlikely, as it has not even started yet.”