Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (73)

Tom McEllistrim

Question:

70 Mr. McEllistrim asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when the long awaited new Garda barracks for Castleisland, County Kerry, will proceed in view of the very inadequate and hazardous conditions of the present temporary Garda station; the recent serious assault resulting in the death of a person in the town on 27 January 2004; and the concerns of local persons regarding the rising disorder in the town, especially after dark. [6167/04]

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

There are plans to build a new Garda station in Castleisland, as soon as is practicable, to replace the old station which was destroyed by fire.

To this end, the Office of Public Works, who have responsibility for acquiring property for the State, were requested to source a suitable site in the town. When they have done that, consideration will be given to providing the new station. As with all such projects, I should point out that progress will be achieved as quickly as overall priorities within the Garda building programme and the availability of financial and other resources allow.

I understand from the Garda authorities that they are unaware of any hazardous condition in the existing temporary accommodation in Castleisland.

In relation to the serious incident referred to by the Deputy, I am informed by the Garda authorities that the matter was fully investigated and a file is currently being prepared for adjudication by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Finally, I am informed by the Garda authorities that the level of public order incidents in Castleisland sub-district has dropped from 62 in 2002 to 38 in 2003.