Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (327, 328)

Brian O'Shea

Question:

467 Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding the installation of closed circuit television in Waterford city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25189/04]

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

As the Deputy will be aware, 17 locations throughout the country, including Waterford, are set to receive town centre CCTV systems. This expansion is being implemented on a phased basis as follows: phase 1 — Bray, Dundalk, Dún Laoghaire, Finglas, Galway and Limerick; phase 2 — Athlone, Clondalkin, Tallaght and Waterford; and, phase 3 — Ballyfermot, Carlow, Castlebar, Clonmel, Ennis, Kilkenny and Sligo. Installation of the CCTV systems is of necessity a detailed, complex and lengthy process. The installation of the systems in Bray, Dundalk, Dún Laoghaire and Limerick has been completed and these systems are fully operational.

The second phase of Garda CCTV systems will be installed in Athlone, Clondalkin, Tallaght and Waterford. The Garda authorities have given careful consideration to a restructuring of the manner in which these Garda CCTV systems go to tender with a view to delivering the implementation of these CCTV systems in a faster, more efficient and cost-effective manner. Significant progress has been made in this regard and I am advised that the pre-tender process to engage the appropriate services to commence the implementation of the proposed second phase of CCTV systems is almost complete. This tender competition will be advertised on the Government website,www.etenders.ie, and the Official Journal of the European Communities, OJEC. I am further informed that planning for the installation of the CCTV systems in phase 3 is scheduled to commence later this year.

Brian O'Shea

Question:

468 Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding the installation of closed circuit television in Dungarvan, County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25190/04]

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I am informed by the Garda authorities that an application for a Garda CCTV system in Dungarvan has been received by the CCTV advisory committee. The committee was established by the Garda Commissioner to advise on all matters relating to CCTV systems. This application is under consideration by the advisory committee along with applications from other cities and towns throughout the country. A total of 17 CCTV schemes nationwide are at installation, tender or planning stages.