Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (42, 43)

Jimmy Deenihan

Question:

35 Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding the provision of a new Garda station at Castleisland, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2509/04]

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Jimmy Deenihan

Question:

62 Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the level of priority accorded to the provision of a new Garda station in Castleisland by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2375/04]

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 35 and 62 together.

It is proposed to build a new Garda station in Castleisland, as soon as is practicable, to replace the old station which was destroyed by fire. As a first step, the Office of Public Works, which has responsibility for acquiring property for the State, was requested to source a suitable site in the town. When it has done that, consideration will be given to providing the new station. As with all such proposals, construction of the new station will depend on the availability of financial and other resources and priorities within the Garda building programme.