Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (363)

John McGuinness

Question:

489 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will approve the construction of a new fire station at Freshford, County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3016/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

In addition to the ten fire station projects currently approved or under construction, my Department is undertaking a review of all fire station projects that have been proposed, with those in planning, with a view to obtaining the best outcome from the annual fire station construction programme. The proposed new fire station at Freshford, for which contract documents are with my Department, is included in this review.

The fire station element of the fire services capital programme, for which €19 million has been provided in 2004, will be determined following this review. Factors to be assessed include current fire authority priorities and needs, previous station projects provided under the programme, the competing demands of fire authorities nationally and value for money.