Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (343)

John Curran


483 Mr. Curran asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform what progress is being made regarding the installation of a closed circuit television system in Clondalkin Dublin 22; the work which has been carried out on this project to date; when the installation of the system will be complete; and when the system will be fully operational. [25403/04]

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

As the Deputy is aware, 17 locations throughout the country, including Clondalkin, are set to receive town centre closed circuit television 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; phase 3 — Ballyfermot, Carlow, Castlebar, Clonmel, Ennis, Kilkenny and Sligo.

Installation of town centre closed circuit television 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 now fully operational. The second phase of Garda centre closed circuit television 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 systems go to tender with a view to delivering their implementation 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 centre closed circuit television systems is almost complete. The tender competition will be advertised on the Government website www.etenders.ie and in the Official Journal of the European Communities. I am further informed that planning for the installation of the CCTV systems in Phase 3 is scheduled to commence later this year.