Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (783)

John Curran


904 Mr. Curran asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position in relation to the CCTV system to be installed in Clondalkin; the number and locations of the cameras; and when he expects the system to be operational. [2047/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the pre-tender process for the CCTV system in Clondalkin is at an advanced stage. Request for tender and detailed technical specification documents are currently being drafted by the telecommunications section at Garda headquarters, having regard to experience gained during the installation of other Garda CCTV systems and technological developments in this field.

It is intended that this system will go out to tender during the first quarter of 2004. Installation of CCTV systems is of necessity a detailed, complex and lengthy process and consequently there are a number of stages in the planning of new Garda CCTV systems. It can be expected that the installation of cameras will commence following the tender process, evaluation and award of contracts, wayleave and planning processes, which in total will amount to not less than five months. The general timetable associated with the installation of a Garda CCTV system is set out below: EU tender process: 52 days minimum; evaluation and award of contract: 30 days minimum; planning process: 42 days minimum; administration: 30 days minimum.

The scheme will consist of 11 CCTV cameras to be sited at the following locations in Clondalkin; junction of Tower Road/Convent Road/Main St.; Tower Road; Junction of Tower Road/Ninth Lock Road/Nangor Road; Junction of Watery Lane/Orchard Road; Monastery Road at Shopping Centre; Junction of Main Street/New Road; Monastery Road/Public Library; Junction of Newlands Road/New Road at Newlands Retail Centre; Green Park; Junction of Newlands Road/Naas Road/Belgard Road; Junction of Ninth Lock Road/Nangor Road.