Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Questions (132)

Mattie McGrath


132. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the proposed relocation of Clonmel Garda station to a new site; if the new site has been purchased; when she expects the relocation to take place; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28580/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The programme of refurbishment and replacement of Garda stations is based on accommodation priorities which are established by An Garda Síochána. The programme is advanced in close co-operation with the Office of Public Works, which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. Funding for such works is met by the Office of Public Works.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the provision of a new station on a site within the former Kickham Barracks is being examined by the Office of Public Works and An Garda Síochána in the context of the future development of the overall site.

The Deputy will appreciate that any new District Headquarters project would involve substantial building and fit out costs. Accordingly, a new Garda station in Clonmel will have to be progressed in the context of An Garda Síochána's identified accommodation requirements and in the light of available resources within the Vote of the Office of Public Works.