Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (789, 790)

Emmet Stagg

Question:

910 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if the accommodation requirements for the proposed new Garda station at Leixlip, County Kildare have been finalised; if not the reason for the delay and if the Office of Public Works has been requested to prepare a revised sketch scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2173/04]

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

As I have stated previously, the Garda authorities are considering their accommodation requirements for Leixlip. When they have notified my Department of their requirements, the Office of Public Works will be asked to prepare a revised sketch scheme for further consideration.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

911 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the towns of Maynooth, Leixlip and Celbridge in County Kildare with a combined population of 40,324 people per the 2002 census, have no 24-hour Garda station or district headquarters; if he considers this satisfactory from a policing point of view; if he has received a request for the provision of a 24-hour station in the area from the Garda authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2174/04]

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I have been informed by the Garda authorities who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that Maynooth and Celbridge Garda stations form part of Naas district in the division of Carlow/Kildare. Naas Garda station is open to the public on a 24-hour basis. The Maynooth and Celbridge area is patrolled on a 24-hour basis by a patrol car. This is increased to two patrol cars at weekends. Leixlip Garda station forms part of Lucan district in the Dublin metropolitan region, western division. Lucan Garda station is open to the public on a 24-hour basis. The Leixlip area is patrolled by a patrol car on a 24-hour basis.

I have been further advised that local Garda management are satisfied that the arrangements currently in place at Maynooth, Leixlip and Celbridge are adequate to meet the present policing needs of the area. There are currently no plans to establish a district headquarters for the area of Maynooth, Leixlip and Celbridge.