Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Questions (178, 179)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

178. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations around the country that are not wheelchair accessible; and the measures being taken to address this issue. [32311/13]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

179. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will take the necessary measures to make Crumlin Garda station, Dublin, accessible to members of the public who must use a wheelchair. [32312/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 178 and 179 together.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Office of Public Works (OPW) is responsible for the State property portfolio. In addition, I understand that the OPW has a programme in place to provide disabled access to public buildings, including Garda stations. This set of projects is being progressed by the OPW and I am advised that details in relation to the number of Garda buildings to be catered for under the programme are not readily available to the Garda authorities.

With regard to Crumlin Garda station, I am also advised that a Universal Access Audit has been carried out in respect of the station and that the matter will be further pursued in the context of An Garda Síochána's identified accommodation priorities and the availability of funding within the Vote of the Office of Public Works.