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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 24 Jun 1999

Vol. 507 No. 1

Written Answers. - Garda Stations.

Jim Higgins


15 Mr. Higgins (Mayo) asked the Minister for Finance the reason his Department did not finalise the purchase of the town hall in Ballina, County Mayo, which had been approved as a suitable location for a new Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16094/99]

The town hall, Ballina, was offered for sale by public tender. The Commissioners of Public Works submitted a bid which they considered represented the upper limit of the value of the site for the development of a Garda station. Their tender was unsuccessful.

The town hall is one of a number of sites in Ballina which are considered suitable for the development of a Garda station. The commissioners are now in contact with the owners of other prospective sites. They will actively pursue this matter with a view to the very early acquisition of a suitable site.